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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)

Blockchain in the cloud

Cloud computing provides excellent benefits to enterprises, including efficiency, cost reduction, scalability, high availability, and security. Cloud computing delivers computing services such as infrastructure, servers, databases, and software over the internet. There are different types of cloud services available; a standard comparison is made between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). A question arises here: where does blockchain fit in?

Blockchain as a Service, or BaaS, is an extension of SaaS, whereby a blockchain platform is implemented in the cloud for an organization. The organization manages its applications on the blockchain, and the rest of the software management, infrastructure management, and other aspects such as security and operating systems are managed by the cloud provider. This means that the blockchain's software and infrastructure are provided and maintained by...