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Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies 1st Edition
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The Extended Bitcoin Network
Different types of nodes on the extended bitcoin network
- Reference Client
- Full Block Chain Node
- Solo Miner
- Lightweight (SPV) wallet
- Pool Protocol Servers
- Mining Nodes
- Lightweight (SPV) Stratum wallet
This book is mostly intended for coders. If you can use a programming language, this book will teach you how cryptographic currencies work, how to use them, and how to develop software that works with them. The first few chapters are also suitable as an indepth introduction to bitcoin for noncoders—those trying to understand the inner workings of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
- A broad introduction to bitcoin—ideal for non-tech users, investors, and business executives.
- Technical foundations of bitcoin and cryptographic currencies for developers, engineers, and software and systems architects.
- Details of the bitcoin decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, transaction lifecycle, and security principles.
- Offshoots of the bitcoin and blockchain inventions, including alternative chains, currencies, and applications.
- User stories, elegant analogies, examples, and code snippets illustrating key technical concepts.
"When I talk about Bitcoin, I am sometimes asked 'but how does it really work?' Now I have a great answer for that question, because anybody who reads Mastering Bitcoin will have a deep understanding of how it works and will be well-equipped to write the next generation of amazing cryptocurrency applications" - Gavin Andresen, Chief Scientist, Bitcoin Foundation.
"Mastering Bitcoin is the best technical reference available on bitcoin today. And bitcoin is likely to be seen in retrospect as the most important technology of this decade. As such, this book is an absolute must-have for any developer, especially those interested in building applications with the bitcoin protocol. Highly recommended." - Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis), General Partner Andreessen Horowitz
"Bitcoin and blockchain technologies are becoming fundamental building blocks for the next generation internet. Silicon Valley's best and brightest are working on it. Andreas' book will help you join the software revolution in the world of finance." - Naval Ravikant, cofounder, AngelList
"The invention of the Bitcoin Blockchain represents an entirely new platform to build upon, one that will enable an ecosystem as wide and diverse as the Internet itself. As one of the preeminent thought leaders, Andreas M. Antonopoulos is the perfect choice to write this book." - Roger Ver, Bitcoin Entrepreneur & Investor
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About the Author
Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a noted technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. As an engaging public speaker, teacher and writer, Andreas makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. As an advisor, he helps startups recognize, evaluate, and navigate security and business risks.
Andreas literally grew up with the Internet, starting his first company, an early BBS and proto-ISP, as a teenager in his home in Greece. He earned degrees in Computer Science, Data Communications and Distributed Systems from University College London (UCL), recently ranked in the world's top 10 universities. After moving to the US Andreas co-founded and managed a successful technology research company, and in that role advised Fortune 500 company executives on networking, security, data centers and cloud computing. More than 200 of his articles on security, cloud computing and data centers have been published.
In 1990, Andreas started teaching on various IT topics in private, professional and academic environments. Andreas honed his speaking skills in front of audiences ranging in size from five executives in a boardroom to thousands of people in large conferences. With more than four hundred speaking engagements under his belt he is considered a world-class and charismatic public speaker and teacher. In 2014, he was appointed as a teaching fellow with the University of Nicosia, the first university in the world to offer a Masters Degree in Digital Currency. In this role, he helped to developed the curriculum and co-taught the course.
As a bitcoin entrepreneur, Andreas has founded a number of bitcoin businesses and launched several community open-source projects. He serves as an advisor to several crypto-currency companies. He is a widely published author of articles and blog posts on bitcoin, is a permanent host on the popular Let's Talk Bitcoin Podcast, and a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.
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Top Customer Reviews
Otherwise, very well researched and clearly written.
The language is direct and to the point so there is quite a lot of information packed into the 200 pages.
A nice balance between code shown, diagrams, and explanations was provided throughout the book. In some cases the explanations could have used a little more depth as author explains some highly techincal ideas quickly. Still, this is the only real substantial Bitcoin book out there for now.
NOT a book for someone who is just getting into the Bitcoin scene. There are FREE websites that can give you beginner information. Please play it safe..backup wallets, paper wallets, etc. I've lost thousands of dollars in bitcoin because I was too eager to make bitcoins; no backups, no paper wallet;
This is not a book focused on the econokic, societal, or business implications. Rather, it seems best suited for a technologist seeking a level 200 technical introduction. You won't be,an expert without hands on exposure. You will be able to be technically articulate in Bircoin/Blockchain.