Mastering Blockchain

Mastering Blockchain : Distributed ledger technology, decentralization, and smart contracts explained, 2nd Edition

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Learn about cryptography and cryptocurrencies, so you can build highly secure, decentralized applications and conduct trusted in-app transactions.

Key Features

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

Book DescriptionA blockchain is a distributed ledger that is replicated across multiple nodes and enables immutable, transparent and cryptographically secure record-keeping of transactions. The blockchain technology is the backbone of cryptocurrencies, and it has applications in finance, government, media and almost all other industries. Mastering Blockchain, Second Edition has been thoroughly updated and revised to provide a detailed description of this leading technology and its implementation in the real world.

This book begins with the technical foundations of blockchain technology, teaching you the fundamentals of distributed systems, 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 also explore different other blockchain solutions and get an introduction to business blockchain frameworks under Hyperledger, a collaborative effort for the advancement of blockchain technologies hosted by the Linux Foundation. You will also be shown how to implement blockchain solutions beyond currencies, Internet of Things with blockchain, blockchain scalability, and the future scope of this fascinating and powerful technology.

What you will learn

Master the theoretical and technical foundations of the blockchain technology
Understand the concept of decentralization, its impact, and its relationship with blockchain technology
Master how cryptography is used to secure data - with practical examples
Grasp the inner workings of blockchain and the mechanisms behind bitcoin and alternative cryptocurrencies
Understand the theoretical foundations of smart contracts
Learn how Ethereum blockchain works and how to develop decentralized applications using Solidity and relevant development frameworks
Identify and examine applications of the blockchain technology - beyond currencies
Investigate alternative blockchain solutions including Hyperledger, Corda, and many more
Explore research topics and the future scope of blockchain technology

Who this book is forThis book will appeal to those who wish to build fast, highly secure, transactional applications. It targets people who are familiar with the concept of blockchain and are comfortable with a programming language.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 75 x 92 x 33.53mm | 1,111.3g
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1788839048
  • 9781788839044
  • 197,001

Table of contents

Table of Contents

Blockchain 101
Symmetric cryptography
Public key cryptography
Introducing Bitcoin
Bitcoin Network and Payments
Bitcoin clients and APIs
Alternative Coins
Smart Contracts
Etherium 101
Further Ethereum
Setting up a development environment
Development tools and clients
Introducing Web3
Alternative Blockchain Solutions
Blockchain - Outside of Currencies
Scalability and Other Challenges
Current Landscape and What's Next
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About Imran Bashir

Imran Bashir has an M.Sc. in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, and has a background in software development, solution architecture, infrastructure management, and IT service management. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the British Computer Society (BCS). Imran has sixteen years' of experience in the public and financial sectors. He worked on large scale IT projects in the public sector before moving to the financial services industry. Since then, he has worked in various technical roles for different financial companies in Europe's financial capital, London. He is currently working for an investment bank in London as Vice President in the Technology department.
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