Programming Bitcoin

Programming Bitcoin : Learn How to Program Bitcoin from Scratch

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Dive into Bitcoin technology with this hands-on guide from one of the leading teachers on Bitcoin and Bitcoin programming. Author Jimmy Song shows Python programmers and developers how to program a Bitcoin library from scratch. You'll learn how to work with the basics, including the math, blocks, network, and transactions behind this popular cryptocurrency and its blockchain payment system.

By the end of the book, you'll understand how this cryptocurrency works under the hood by coding all the components necessary for a Bitcoin library. Learn how to create transactions, get the data you need from peers, and send transactions over the network. Whether you're exploring Bitcoin applications for your company or considering a new career path, this practical book will get you started.

Parse, validate, and create bitcoin transactions
Learn how to use the Bitcoin Script smart contract language
Work with exercises in each chapter to build a Bitcoin library from scratch
Understand how to secure a blockchain by verifying proof of work
Program Bitcoin using Python 3 and libraries including pycoin
Understand how simplified payment verification and light wallets work
Work with public-key cryptography and cryptographic primitives
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Product details

  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 178 x 233 x 15.24mm | 498.95g
  • Sebastopol, United States
  • English
  • 1492031496
  • 9781492031499
  • 59,126

About Jimmy Song

Jimmy Song is a programmer with 20 years of experience, the last 4 being in Bitcoin. He's the editor of and blogs at He's contributed to Bitcoin Core as well as other Bitcoin projects. He was the former VP of Engineering at Armory, a Bitcoin wallet
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