Mastering Blockchain - Fourth Edition

By Imran Bashir

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About this book

Blockchain is the backbone of cryptocurrencies, with applications in finance, government, media, among other industries. With a legacy of providing technologists with executable insights, this new edition of Mastering Blockchain is thoroughly revised and updated according to the latest blockchain research. Thoroughly updated and with new chapters on Decentralized Finance and solving privacy, identity, and security issues, this is an unmissable read for everyone who wants to gain a deep understanding of blockchain.

Although this book covers the basics, including blockchain's technical underpinnings, cryptography, and consensus protocols, it doesn’t shy away from advanced topics and practical expertise, such as decentralized application (DApp) development using smart contracts and oracles. Throughout the book, you’ll explore blockchain solutions beyond cryptocurrencies, such as the Internet of Things with blockchain, enterprise blockchains, and tokenization, and gain insight into the future scope of this fascinating and disruptive technology.

By the end of this book, you will have gained a thorough comprehension of the various facets of blockchain and understand the potential of this technology in diverse real-world scenarios.

Publication date:
March 2023


Mastering Blockchain, Fourth Edition: Deep dive into distributed ledgers, consensus protocols, smart contracts, DApps, cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, and more

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  1. Chapter 1: Blockchain 101
  2. Chapter 2: Decentralization
  3. Chapter 3: Symmetric Cryptography
  4. Chapter 4: Public Key Cryptography
  5. Chapter 5: Consensus Algorithms
  6. Chapter 6: Introducing Bitcoin
  7. Chapter 7: The Bitcoin Network and Payments
  8. Chapter 8: Bitcoin Clients and APIs
  9. Chapter 9: Alternative Coins
  10. Chapter 10: Smart Contracts
  11. Chapter 11: Ethereum
  12. Chapter 12: Further Ethereum
  13. Chapter 13: Ethereum Development Environment
  14. Chapter 14: Development Tools and Frameworks
  15. Chapter 15: Introducing Web3
  16. Chapter 16: Serenity
  17. Chapter 17: Hyperledger
  18. Chapter 18: Tokenization
  19. Chapter 19: Blockchain – Outside of Currencies
  20. Chapter 20: Enterprise Blockchain
  21. Chapter 21: Scalability and Security
  22. Chapter 22: Privacy
  23. Chapter 23: Identity
  24. Chapter 24: Decentralized Finance
  25. Chapter 25: Alternative Blockchain
  26. Chapter 26: Current Landscape and What's Next!
About the Author
  • 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 extensive experience in both the public and financial sectors, having 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.

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