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Mastering Blockchain - Third Edition

By : Imran Bashir
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Mastering Blockchain - Third Edition

By: Imran Bashir

Overview of this book

Blockchain is the backbone of cryptocurrencies, with applications in finance, government, media, and other industries. With a legacy of providing technologists with executable insights, this new edition of Mastering Blockchain is thoroughly revised and updated to the latest blockchain research with four new chapters on consensus algorithms, Serenity (the update that will introduce Ethereum 2.0), tokenization, and enterprise blockchains. This book covers the basics, including blockchain’s technical underpinnings, cryptography and consensus protocols. It also provides you with expert knowledge on decentralization, decentralized application development on Ethereum, Bitcoin, alternative coins, smart contracts, alternative blockchains, and Hyperledger. Further, you will explore blockchain solutions beyond cryptocurrencies such as the Internet of Things with blockchain, enterprise blockchains, tokenization using blockchain, and consider the future scope of this fascinating and disruptive technology. By the end of this book, you will have gained a thorough comprehension of the various facets of blockchain and understand their potential in diverse real-world scenarios.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)


In this chapter, we have explored Ethereum test networks and how to set up private Ethereum networks. After the initial introduction to private network setup, we also saw how the Geth command-line tool can be used to perform various functions and how we can interact with the Ethereum blockchain. We also saw how MetaMask and Remix can be used to deploy smart contracts. We also introduced how block explorers play a vital role in monitoring the blockchain networks and saw a basic example of installing and using an open source block explorer.

In the next chapter, we will see in greater detail what tools, programming languages, and frameworks are available for the development of smart contracts on Ethereum.