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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)
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Index

Blockchain research topics

While some major innovations have been made in blockchain technology in recent years, the area is still ripe for further research. Some selected research topics are listed in this section, with some information about existing challenges and the latest developments. Some ideas are also presented on how to address the issues facing these topics.

Smart contracts

Significant progress has been made in this area, aimed at defining the key requirements of smart contracts, and developing templates for their production. However, further research is required in this area, in order to make smart contracts safer and more secure.

Cryptographic function limitations

Cryptography used in the Bitcoin blockchain is exceptionally secure and has stood the test of time. In other blockchains, similar security techniques are used, which are also very secure. However, specific security issues, such as the possibility of the generation and use of duplicate...