Learning Bitcoin

Embrace the new world of fiance by leveraging the power of crypto-currencies using Bitcoin and the Blockchain
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Learning Bitcoin

Richard Caetano

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Embrace the new world of fiance by leveraging the power of crypto-currencies using Bitcoin and the Blockchain
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ISBN 139781785287305
Paperback236 pages

Book Description

The financial crisis of 2008 raised attention to the need for transparency and accountability in the financial world. As banks and governments were scrambling to stay solvent while seeking a sustainable plan, a powerfully new and resilient technology emerged.

Bitcoin, built on a fundamentally new technology called “The Blockchain,” offered the promise of a new financial system where transactions are sent directly between two parties without the need for central control.

Bitcoin exists as an open and transparent financial system without banks, governments, or corporate support. Simply put, Bitcoin is “programmable money” that has the potential to change the world on the same scale as the Internet itself.

This book arms you with immense knowledge of Bitcoin and helps you implement the technology in your money matters, enabling secure transactions.

We first walk through the fundamentals of Bitcoin, illustrate how the technology works, and exemplify how to interact with this powerful and new financial technology. You will learn how to set up your online Bitcoin wallet, indulge in buying and selling of bitcoins, and manage their storage. We then get to grips with the most powerful algorithm of all times: the Blockchain, and learn how crypto-currencies can reduce the risk of fraud for e-commerce merchants and consumers.

With a solid base of Blockchain, you will write and execute your own custom transactions. Most importantly, you will be able to protect and secure your Bitcoin with the help of effective solutions provided in the book. Packed with plenty of screenshots, Learning Bitcoin is a simple and painless guide to working with Bitcoin.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Setting up a Wallet
A brief history of money
Buying your first bitcoin in 15 minutes
Explaining Bitcoin addresses
Sending and receiving bitcoins
Private keys and wallets
Transactions and confirmations
Comparing Bitcoin wallets
Summary
Chapter 2: Buying and Selling Bitcoins
Understanding Bitcoin's price volatility
Following exchange rates and news
Comparing Bitcoin exchanges
Trading Bitcoins on an exchange
Physical Bitcoins
Summary
Chapter 3: Protecting Your Bitcoins
Storing your bitcoins
Good housekeeping with Bitcoin
Summary
Chapter 4: Understanding the Blockchain
The Genesis block
Keys, transactions, and blocks
The blockchain
Network attacks
Alternative coins
Summary
Chapter 5: Installing a Bitcoin Node
Understanding a Bitcoin node
Installing the client
Using the client
Executing Bitcoin operations
Summary
Chapter 6: Understanding the Mining Process
Digital gold
Exploring the mining ecosystem
Mining conditions
Setting up a mining client
Connecting to a mining pool
Summary
Chapter 7: Programming Bitcoin
Programmable money
Installing BitcoinJS
Programming common Bitcoin operations
Sending transactions
Building an Escrow contract
Summary
Chapter 8: Exploring Alternative Coins
Open source money
Namecoin
Litecoin
Peercoin
Primecoin
Evaluating an alt-coin
Protocols built on the Bitcoin Blockchain
Building a voting system with Counterparty
The future of finance

What You Will Learn

  • Set up your wallet and buy a Bitcoin in a flash while understanding the basics of addresses and transactions
  • Acquire the knack of buying, selling, and trading Bitcoins with online marketplaces
  • Secure and protect your Bitcoins from online theft using Brainwallets and cold storage
  • Understand how Bitcoin’s underlying technology, the Blockchain, works with simple illustrations and explanations
  • Configure your own Bitcoin node and execute common operations on the network
  • Discover various aspects of mining Bitcoin and how to set up your own mining rig
  • Dive deeper into Bitcoin and write scripts and multi-signature transactions on the network
  • Explore the various alt-coins and get to know how to compare them and their value

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Setting up a Wallet
A brief history of money
Buying your first bitcoin in 15 minutes
Explaining Bitcoin addresses
Sending and receiving bitcoins
Private keys and wallets
Transactions and confirmations
Comparing Bitcoin wallets
Summary
Chapter 2: Buying and Selling Bitcoins
Understanding Bitcoin's price volatility
Following exchange rates and news
Comparing Bitcoin exchanges
Trading Bitcoins on an exchange
Physical Bitcoins
Summary
Chapter 3: Protecting Your Bitcoins
Storing your bitcoins
Good housekeeping with Bitcoin
Summary
Chapter 4: Understanding the Blockchain
The Genesis block
Keys, transactions, and blocks
The blockchain
Network attacks
Alternative coins
Summary
Chapter 5: Installing a Bitcoin Node
Understanding a Bitcoin node
Installing the client
Using the client
Executing Bitcoin operations
Summary
Chapter 6: Understanding the Mining Process
Digital gold
Exploring the mining ecosystem
Mining conditions
Setting up a mining client
Connecting to a mining pool
Summary
Chapter 7: Programming Bitcoin
Programmable money
Installing BitcoinJS
Programming common Bitcoin operations
Sending transactions
Building an Escrow contract
Summary
Chapter 8: Exploring Alternative Coins
Open source money
Namecoin
Litecoin
Peercoin
Primecoin
Evaluating an alt-coin
Protocols built on the Bitcoin Blockchain
Building a voting system with Counterparty
The future of finance

Book Details

ISBN 139781785287305
Paperback236 pages
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