If you need a time-saving and accurate start to the world of blockchain, this is the book for you! The average reader can consume around 200 words per minute. That Book on Blockchain is a blazing fast -- but thorough -- one-hour introduction. Inside, you’ll find an overview of many prominent blockchain topics, including discussion of distributed ledgers, legal landscapes, industry adoption, and Bitcoin, proper. Additionally, you’ll examine several abstract, key concepts through easily worded thought experiments. We certainly can’t cover every topic in an hour! But, whether you’re brand new to the crypto-space or a well-seasoned guru, That Book on Blockchain is guaranteed to pique your interest and serve as a motivator for further exploration.
A Practical Guide for Designing, Implementing, Publishing, Testing, and Securing Distributed Blockchain-based Projects
Author: Elad Elrom
Become a Blockchain developer and design, build, publish, test, maintain and secure scalable decentralized Blockchain projects using Bitcoin, Ethereum, NEO, EOS and Hyperledger. This book helps you understand Blockchain beyond development and crypto to better harness its power and capability. You will learn tips to start your own project, and best practices for testing, security, and even compliance. Immerse yourself in this technology and review key topics such as cryptoeconomics, coding your own Blockchain P2P network, different consensus mechanisms, decentralized ledger, mining, wallets, blocks, and transactions. Additionally, this book provides you with hands-on practical tools and examples for creating smart contracts and dApps for different blockchains such as Ethereum, NEO, EOS, and Hyperledger. Aided by practical, real-world coding examples, you’ll see how to build dApps with Angular utilizing typescript from start to finish, connect to the blockchain network locally on a test network, and publish on the production mainnet environment. Don’t be left out of the next technology revolution – become a Blockchain developer using The Blockchain Developer today. What You’ll Learn Explore the Blockchain ecosystem is and the different consensus mechanisms Create miners, wallets, transactions, distributed networks and DApps Review the main features of Bitcoin: Ethereum, NEO and EOS, and Hyperledger are Interact with popular node clients as well as implementing your own Blockchain Publish and test your projects for security and scalability Who This Book Is For Developers, architects and engineers who are interested in learning about Blockchain or implementing Blockchain into a new greenfield project or integrating Blockchain into a brownfield project. Technical entrepreneurs, technical investors or even executives who want to better understand Blockchain technology and its potential.
Back in 2008, when Satoshi Nakamoto launched Bitcoin, the knowledge of blockchain application was limited to cryptocurrencies and digital cash, then more and more industries began using blockchain to utilize its incredible benefits.This book is the result of my years of research and work on artificial intelligence ( A.I ) in digital marketing, A.I Blockchain search engines, Fintech and Blockchain driven social media, CRM systems and marketing automation. Unfortunately many articles that people write on Medium, Forbes and the other highly ranked websites are taken from books about Blockchain without giving any credit to those books’ authors. I have provided relevant sources of information in this field which can be found at the reference section.Digital marketing experts and companies do not take blockchain technology seriously. They rely on their outdated online marketing tools. Times have changed. Things are very different now than they used to be. Current digital marketing methods do not generate leads and sales. This is why online businesses use more money on marketing processes which do not trigger enough sales. The majority of search engines have implemented A.I, machine learning and deep learning in their systems. Digital marketing is one such industry that will massively be benefiting from blockchain. Online marketing processes will be easier to handle if we implement A.I blockchain. In this book, we’ll discuss in detail about how blockchain can alleviate skepticism and build a decentralized environment for their consumers and themselves. We will go through various aspects of blockchain in order to understand the impact of blockchain on online marketing and digital marketing processes.
An experienced tech writer fully explains blockchain technology and how it will radically transform the world as we know it in this accessible, reader-friendly, illuminating guide. What is blockchain? Why does everyone from tech experts to business moguls to philanthropists believe it is a paradigm-shifting technology, bound to revolutionize society as significantly as the internet? Indeed, why is blockchain touted as The Next Everything? In this deft, fascinating, and easy-to-digest introduction to one of the most important innovations of recent times, Stephen P. Williams answers these questions, revealing how cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are just one example among dozens of transformative applications that this relatively new technology makes possible. He interprets the complexity into digestible anecdotes, metaphors, and straightforward descriptions for readers who don’t know tech, and explains all of blockchain’s most important aspects: why this so-called digital ledger is unhackable and unchangeable; how its distributed nature may transfer power from central entities like banks, government, and corporations to ordinary citizens around the world; and what its widespread use will mean for society as a whole. Taking us on a dazzlingly vivid tour through the systems predicted to soon underpin economics, politics, global trade, science, art, and numerous other aspects of our everyday lives, Blockchain: The Next Everything is a truly extraordinary journey into our future.
A Practical Guide to Distributed Ledger Technology
Author: Daniel Hellwig
Category: Business & Economics
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Intended as an applied guide for hands-on practitioners, the book includes detailed examples and in-depth explanations of how to build and run a blockchain from scratch. Through its conceptual background and hands-on exercises, this book allows students, teachers and crypto enthusiasts to launch their first blockchain while assuming prior knowledge of the underlying technology. How do I build a blockchain? How do I mint a cryptocurrency? How do I write a smart contract? How do I launch an initial coin offering (ICO)? These are some of questions this book answers. Starting by outlining the beginnings and development of early cryptocurrencies, it provides the conceptual foundations required to engineer secure software that interacts with both public and private ledgers. The topics covered include consensus algorithms, mining and decentralization, and many more. “This is a one-of-a-kind book on Blockchain technology. The authors achieved the perfect balance between the breadth of topics and the depth of technical discussion. But the real gem is the set of carefully curated hands-on exercises that guide the reader through the process of building a Blockchain right from Chapter 1.” Volodymyr Babich, Professor of Operations and Information Management, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University "An excellent introduction of DLT technology for a non-technical audience. The book is replete with examples and exercises, which greatly facilitate the learning of the underlying processes of blockchain technology for all, from students to entrepreneurs.” Serguei Netessine, Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania "Whether you want to start from scratch or deepen your blockchain knowledge about the latest developments, this book is an essential reference. Through clear explanations and practical code examples, the authors take you on a progressive journey to discover the technology foundations and build your own blockchain. From an operations perspective, you can learn the principles behind the distributed ledger technology relevant for transitioning towards blockchain-enabled supply chains. Reading this book, you'll get inspired, be able to assess the applicability of blockchain to supply chain operations, and learn from best practices recognized in real-world examples." Ralf W. Seifert, Professor of Technology and Operations Management at EPFL and Professor of Operations Management at IMD
In 25 concise steps, you will learn the basics of blockchain technology. No mathematical formulas, program code, or computer science jargon are used. No previous knowledge in computer science, mathematics, programming, or cryptography is required. Terminology is explained through pictures, analogies, and metaphors. This book bridges the gap that exists between purely technical books about the blockchain and purely business-focused books. It does so by explaining both the technical concepts that make up the blockchain and their role in business-relevant applications. What You'll Learn What the blockchain is Why it is needed and what problem it solves Why there is so much excitement about the blockchain and its potential Major components and their purpose How various components of the blockchain work and interact Limitations, why they exist, and what has been done to overcome them Major application scenarios Who This Book Is For Everyone who wants to get a general idea of what blockchain technology is, how it works, and how it will potentially change the financial system as we know it
Blockchain technology has come a long way since the initial vision published by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. Big buzz words like "bitcoin," "blockchain," and "cryptocurrency" are everywhere. Companies and governments have started to use blockchain technology in earnest and will increasingly do so for the foreseeable future. This book takes an in-depth look at blockchain technology and how users can take advantage of its potential. Since its initial conception, blockchain has encompassed both a social promise and new technology. Originally proposed as a solution for Bitcoin's cryptocurrency record-keeping system, blockchains are now used to store the records of all types of applications. Core services we all depend on like the transfer of money, voting, land records, IP rights, and identity all rely on intermediaries. Blockchain software has begun taking the place of these antiquated systems. The software becomes the trusted record-keeping system, and the rules programed into the software become the intermediaries. This book explains the fundamentals of blockchain technology and assumes that the reader has little to no knowledge of the subject. Topics are explained as simply as possible, while not obscuring details that may affect the reader. It also gives the reader insight into the critical differences in blockchain software and will provide them with a basic understanding of how and why these systems work. After reading this book, the reader will be able to speak with confidence on the topic, know key differences in technology. The reader will also have critical insight into blockchain software's inherent limitations and shortcomings. This book is also the definitive guide to the Blockchain Technology Foundation (BTF) exam from EXIN. It will prepare the reader for the test, and each chapter ends with review questions for extra guidance in preparing for the exam.
How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
Author: Don Tapscott
Category: Technology & Engineering
Blockchain technology is powering our future. As the technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Facebook's Libra, open software platforms like Ethereum, and disruptive companies like Ripple, it’s too important to ignore. In this revelatory book, Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and essential book about the technology driving the future of the economy. Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolutionary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it’s best known as the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital currencies, it also has the potential to go far beyond currency, to record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certificates to insurance claims, land titles, and even votes. Blockchain is also essential to understand if you’re an artist who wants to make a living off your art, a consumer who wants to know where that hamburger meat really came from, an immigrant who’s tired of paying big fees to send money home to your loved ones, or an entrepreneur looking for a new platform to build a business. And those examples are barely the tip of the iceberg. As with major paradigm shifts that preceded it, blockchain technology will create winners and losers. This book shines a light on where it can lead us in the next decade and beyond.
"This book introduces the reader to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. It focuses on Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, but discusses others such as Ethereum and even includes a short discussion of Libra, Facebook's recently announced crypto offering. Unlike other books on blockchain, which tend to approach the topic from a computer science perspective, this book starts with a monetary theory perspective, describing what role money serves in society, and how Bitcoin relates to and is different from traditional currency. The book then explores the technical aspects of the Bitcoin system: its communications protocol, its decentralized validation processes, and the basics of Bitcoin mining. The book also addresses the challenges that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies face: price volatility, adoption/scalability, regulatory uncertainty, and energy consumption. Some central banks are considering issuing their own digital currencies, and the authors discuss several possibilities related to central bank digital currencies. The authors also briefly discuss non-monetary applications of blockchain technology like smart contracts. There are a handful of courses on bitcoin and blockchain in economics programs, for which this could be a suitable primary text, but I think the greater likelihood is for this to be a supplemental text in an economics course geared towards monetary theory and policy, of which Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies would be a smaller unit. The book is accessible enough for undergraduates to understand, but could also be used in Master's or first-year PhD courses. Basically, in economics, the course this book would be used in is required, but the book itself is more of a supplement. The technological details of how Bitcoin works are accessible enough for non-computer science students to understand, but may be a bit lacking for CS majors. However, CS instructors who want their students to understand the economic underpinnings of cryptocurrencies might assign selections from this book"--
Since Bitcoin appeared in 2009, the digital currency has been hailed as an Internet marvel and decried as the preferred transaction vehicle for all manner of criminals. It has left nearly everyone without a computer science degree confused: Just how do you “mine” money from ones and zeros? The answer lies in a technology called blockchain, which can be used for much more than Bitcoin. A general-purpose tool for creating secure, decentralized, peer-to-peer applications, blockchain technology has been compared to the Internet itself in both form and impact. Some have said this tool may change society as we know it. Blockchains are being used to create autonomous computer programs known as “smart contracts,” to expedite payments, to create financial instruments, to organize the exchange of data and information, and to facilitate interactions between humans and machines. The technology could affect governance itself, by supporting new organizational structures that promote more democratic and participatory decision making. Primavera De Filippi and Aaron Wright acknowledge this potential and urge the law to catch up. That is because disintermediation—a blockchain’s greatest asset—subverts critical regulation. By cutting out middlemen, such as large online operators and multinational corporations, blockchains run the risk of undermining the capacity of governmental authorities to supervise activities in banking, commerce, law, and other vital areas. De Filippi and Wright welcome the new possibilities inherent in blockchains. But as Blockchain and the Law makes clear, the technology cannot be harnessed productively without new rules and new approaches to legal thinking.
How to Invest Safely in Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies
Author: Siam Kidd
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Business & Economics
THE CRYPTO GOLD RUSH IS ONLY JUST BEGINNING... Blockchain technology and the cryptocurrencies it enables are being described by some people as the biggest thing since the internet, but very few people understand it, or the opportunities it brings. Enter this down-to-earth guide to understanding what cryptocurrencies are, why it matters, and how to make money from them. This book is for everyone who has heard of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, wants to learn more - and make money on the back of it. Believe it or not, if you bought $1,000 of Bitcoin in 2010, you would now be worth over $220m! This has left the public stunned. People around the world are asking "What on earth is a crypto?", "Should I buy some Bitcoin?", "How do I even buy some cryptocurrencies?", "Isn't this just one big bubble?" and more. Siam Kidd is one of the world's leading authorities on how to safely invest in cryptocurrencies. He runs The Realistic Trader, home to the world's best crypto investing course for beginners with a community of followers from around the globe. He created this book to lift up the crypto bonnet in order to reveal, explain and illustrate everything you really need to know about this fascinating market. You'll learn: · What all this Crypto stuff is · Why it exists · Where this industry is going in the future · How it will positively change your life · The pitfalls and errors every newbie makes · And importantly, how to safely play in this market if you so wish to have a dabble with some risk capital! This book does all that without boring you with mathematics and 'Geek Speak'. CRYPTOCURRENCIES ARE THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY OF YOUR LIFETIME "The future of money is digital currency." "Bitcoin is a technological tour de force." Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft
How the blockchain—a system built on foundations of mutual mistrust—can become trustworthy. The blockchain entered the world on January 3, 2009, introducing an innovative new trust architecture: an environment in which users trust a system—for example, a shared ledger of information—without necessarily trusting any of its components. The cryptocurrency Bitcoin is the most famous implementation of the blockchain, but hundreds of other companies have been founded and billions of dollars invested in similar applications since Bitcoin's launch. Some see the blockchain as offering more opportunities for criminal behavior than benefits to society. In this book, Kevin Werbach shows how a technology resting on foundations of mutual mistrust can become trustworthy. The blockchain, built on open software and decentralized foundations that allow anyone to participate, seems like a threat to any form of regulation. In fact, Werbach argues, law and the blockchain need each other. Blockchain systems that ignore law and governance are likely to fail, or to become outlaw technologies irrelevant to the mainstream economy. That, Werbach cautions, would be a tragic waste of potential. If, however, we recognize the blockchain as a kind of legal technology that shapes behavior in new ways, it can be harnessed to create tremendous business and social value.
Unravel the mysteries of blockchains Blockchain technologies are disrupting some of the world’s biggest industries. Blockchain For Dummies provides a fast way to catch up with the essentials of this quickly evolving tech. Written by an author involved in founding and analyzing blockchain solutions, this book serves to help those who need to understand what a blockchain can do (and can't do). This revised edition walks you through how a blockchainsecurely records data across independent networks. It offers a tour of some of the world’s best-known blockchains, including those that power Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It also provides a glance at how blockchain solutions are affecting the worlds of finance, supply chain management, insurance, and governments. Get a clear picture of what a blockchain can do Learn how blockchains rule cryptocurrency and smart contracts Discover current blockchains and how each of them work Test blockchain apps Blockchain has become the critical buzzword in the world of financial technology and transaction security — and now you can make sense of it with the help of this essential guide.
Build highly secure, decentralized applications, and transact in a trusted manner in the applications.About This Book* Get to grips with the underlying technical principles and implementations of blockchain.* Using Ethereum, build powerful applications that enable you to carry out secure transactions and create smart contracts.* Explore cryptography, mine crytocurrencies and solve scalability issues with this comprehensive guide.Who This Book Is ForThis book appeals to those who wish to build fast, highly secure, transactional applications. This book is for those who are familiar with what is Blockchain and are comfortable with one programming language.What you will learn* Understand the theoretical and technical foundations of blockchain.* Learn how cryptography is used to secure data.* Understand Bitcoin and altcoins using blockchain.* Create application using ethereum.* Get to know applications of blockchain outside of currencies.* Dive into alternate blockchain solutions including Hyperledger.* Explore research topics and future scope of blockchain.In DetailBlockchain is a distributed database that allows storage of data, keeping it permanent, transparent and secure. Blockchain technology is the backbone of cryptocurrency like bitcoin and is finding usage in fields like finance, government and arts.Blockhchain technology uses cryptography as means to keep the data secure. This book gives detailed description of this booming technology, explains its implementation in the real world.This book begins with explaining the technical foundations of blockchain, after which you will understand cryptography, and how it keeps the data secure. You will further understand the mechanism behind cryptocurrencies and learn application development using decentralized virtual machine - Ethereum. You get to explore different blockchain solutions and also an upcoming blockchain solution from IBM and Linux foundation named Hyperledger. Understand implementation of blockchain beyond currencies, scability with blockchain and the future scope of this amazing technology.
Gain Blockchain Programming Skills to Build Decentralized Applications Using Python
Author: Arjuna Sky Kok
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Implement real-world decentralized applications using Python, Vyper, Populus, and Ethereum Key Features Stay up-to-date with everything you need to know about the blockchain ecosystem Implement smart contracts, wallets, and decentralized applications(DApps) using Python libraries Get deeper insights into storing content in a distributed storage platform Book Description Blockchain is seen as the main technological solution that works as a public ledger for all cryptocurrency transactions. This book serves as a practical guide to developing a full-fledged decentralized application with Python to interact with the various building blocks of blockchain applications. Hands-On Blockchain for Python Developers starts by demonstrating how blockchain technology and cryptocurrency hashing works. You will understand the fundamentals and benefits of smart contracts such as censorship resistance and transaction accuracy. As you steadily progress, you'll go on to build smart contracts using Vyper, which has a similar syntax to Python. This experience will further help you unravel the other benefits of smart contracts, including reliable storage and backup, and efficiency. You'll also use web3.py to interact with smart contracts and leverage the power of both the web3.py and Populus framework to build decentralized applications that offer security and seamless integration with cryptocurrencies. As you explore later chapters, you'll learn how to create your own token on top of Ethereum and build a cryptocurrency wallet graphical user interface (GUI) that can handle Ethereum and Ethereum Request for Comments (ERC-20) tokens using the PySide2 library. This will enable users to seamlessly store, send, and receive digital money. Toward the end, you'll implement InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) technology in your decentralized application to provide a peer-to-peer filesystem that can store and expose media. By the end of this book, you'll be well-versed in blockchain programming and be able to build end-to-end decentralized applications on a range of domains using Python. What you will learn Understand blockchain technology and what makes it an immutable database Use the features of web3.py API to interact with the smart contract Create your own cryptocurrency and token in Ethereum using Vyper Use IPFS features to store content on the decentralized storage platform Implement a Twitter-like decentralized application with a desktop frontend Build decentralized applications in the shape of console, web, and desktop applications Who this book is for If you are a Python developer who wants to enter the world of blockchain, Hands-On Blockchain for Python Developers is for you. The book will be your go-to guide to becoming well-versed with the blockchain ecosystem and building your own decentralized applications using Python and library support.
How I Learned the Secrets of the New Millionaire Class (And You Can, Too)
Author: John Hargrave
Publisher: Gallery Books
Category: Business & Economics
From the author of Mind Hacking and founder of Bitcoin Market Journal comes the first book to explain the money-making secrets behind bitcoin and blockchain in a user-friendly format. When John Hargrave first invested in cryptocurrency, the price of a single bitcoin was about $125; a few years later, that same bitcoin was worth $20,000. He wasn’t alone: this flood of new money is like the early days of the Internet, creating a new breed of “blockchain billionaires.” Sir John has unlocked their secrets. In Blockchain for Everyone, Sir John reveals the formula for investing in bitcoin and blockchain, using real-life stories, easy-to-understand examples, and a healthy helping of humor. Packed with illustrations, Blockchain for Everyone explains how (and when) to buy bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and other blockchain assets, with step-by-step instructions. Blockchain for Everyone is the first blockchain investing book written for the layperson: a guide that helps everyone understand how to build wealth wisely. It’s the new investing manifesto!
The increased digitization and automation taking place at a rapid pace across all the spheres are our activity are creating a world of unforeseen convenience. However, we are put to an unimaginable risk of cyber-threats. At the same time, there is a lack of trust sweeping across with the counterparties and a tremendous threat to the privacy of the global citizens with the trusted third parties like governments and organizations that are unable to prevent breaches of data and malicious cyber-attacks. In such a scenario, how do we de-risk our transactions from these threats and still take advantage of the digital transformation pioneered by the emerging technologies? Blockchain! So, what is this Blockchain technology and how does it endow its users with all these compelling benefits? Let us dissect the various components of this technology and demystify the various aspects and be prepared for the revolution ahead! Srinivas is one of the few individuals in the country who really understands Blockchain! His book truly demystifies this topic and has a lot of insights. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in understanding this new technology. - Hari T.N. Author, Investor, Start -up Evangelist Co-Author, Saying No to Jugaad - The Making of BigBasket This book is indeed a great effort to put Blockchain in a right perspective with respect to its utility beyond the Bitcoin for Enterprises, NGO's, Government and Institutions. - Dr. M. Muneer Founder -Medici Inst, MD - Rezonent India, CEO - CustomerLab
A developer's guide to creating decentralized applications using Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Hyperledger
Author: Bellaj Badr
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
This book covers all the relevant concepts and phases of the blockchain development cycle. It will walk you through a step-by-step process to build three blockchain projects with differing complexity levels and hurdles. By the end of this book, you will be ready to tackle common issues in the blockchain ecosystem.
Distributed ledgers, decentralization and smart contracts explained About This Book Get to grips with the underlying technical principles and implementations of blockchain. Build powerful applications using Ethereum to secure transactions and create smart contracts. Explore cryptography, mine cryptocurrencies, and solve scalability issues with this comprehensive guide. Who This Book Is For This book appeals to those who wish to build fast, highly secure, transactional applications. This book is for those who are familiar with the concept of blockchain and are comfortable with a programming language. What You Will Learn Master the theoretical and technical foundations of blockchain technology Fully comprehend the concept of decentralization, its impact and relationship with blockchain technology Experience how cryptography is used to secure data with practical examples Grasp the inner workings of blockchain and relevant mechanisms behind Bitcoin and alternative cryptocurrencies Understand theoretical foundations of smart contracts Identify and examine applications of blockchain technology outside of currencies Investigate alternate blockchain solutions including Hyperledger, Corda, and many more Explore research topics and future scope of blockchain technology In Detail Blockchain is a distributed database that enables permanent, transparent, and secure storage of data. The blockchain technology is the backbone of cryptocurrency – in fact, it's the shared public ledger upon which the entire Bitcoin network relies – and it's gaining popularity with people who work in finance, government, and the arts. Blockhchain technology uses cryptography to keep data secure. This book gives a detailed description of this leading technology and its implementation in the real world. This book begins with the technical foundations of blockchain, teaching you the fundamentals of cryptography and how it keeps data secure. You will learn about the mechanisms behind cryptocurrencies and how to develop applications using Ethereum, a decentralized virtual machine. You will explore different blockchain solutions and get an exclusive preview into Hyperledger, an upcoming blockchain solution from IBM and the Linux Foundation. You will also be shown how to implement blockchain beyond currencies, scability with blockchain, and the future scope of this fascinating and powerful technology. Style and approach This comprehensive guide allows you to build smart blockchain applications and explore the power of this database. The book will let you quickly brush up on the basics of the blockchain database, followed by advanced implementations of blockchain in currency, smart contracts, decentralization, and so on.