Books: 12

Bitcoin

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Foundations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Programming for Beginners
Learn how to use Solidity and the Ethereum project – second only to Bitcoin in market capitalization. Blockchain protocols are taking the world by storm, and the Ethereum project, with its Turing-complete scripting language Solidity, has rapidly become a front-runner. This bookpresents the blockchain more » phenomenon in context; then situates Ethereum in a world pioneered by Bitcoin. See why professionals and non-professionals alike are honing their skills in smart contract patterns and distributed application development. You'll review the fundamentals of programming and networking, alongside its introduction to the new discipline of crypto-economics. You'll then deploy smart contracts of your own, and learn how they can serve as a back-end for JavaScript and HTML applications on the Web. Many Solidity tutorials out there today have the same flaw: they are written for“advanced” JavaScript developers who want to transfer their skills to a blockchain environment.Introducing Ethereum and Solidityis accessible to technology professionals and enthusiasts of “all levels.” You’ll find exciting sample code that can move forward real world assets in both the academic and the corporate arenas. Find out now why this book is a powerful gateway for creative technologists of all types, from concept to deployment. What You’ll Learn * See how Ethereum (and other cryptocurrencies) work * Compare distributed apps (dapps) to web apps * Rrite Ethereum smart contracts in Solidity language * Connect Ethereum smart contracts to your HTML/CSS/JavaScript web applications * Deploy your own dapp, coin, and blockchain * Work with basic and intermediate smart contracts Who This Book Is For Anyone who is curious about Ethereum or has some familiarity with computer scienceProduct managers, CTOs, and experienced JavaScript programmers Experts will find the advanced sample projects in this book rewarding because of the power of Solidity « less
2017
DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER IF YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT BLOCKCHAIN TODAY! Nobody likes banks and, for a lot of people, it's for good reason. You go to the teller window five minutes before closing time and she won't acknowledge you because she just wants to close up and go home. Your Paypal account is tied more » to the banking system and they may yank your account access simply because you got an unusually large payment for something you sold on eBay. You wonder if the homeless aren't caught in some kind of Catch-22 where they can't get access to a decent apartment without a bank account and can't get a bank account without a photo ID that includes their home address. All of these are good points that could be solved with a new digital currency called Bitcoin. Bitcoin is always open for business and won't ignore you even when you want to use it to have a pizza delivered at two in the morning. It won't shut you out simply because you received a transaction worth thousands of dollars from someone buying your car. If you want to use it, literally all you need to do is download the wallet on a laptop or tablet. This is made possible by technology that doesn't care about much of anything except whether you have a device that can link to the Internet even if it means soaking up the free Wi-Fi at the coffee shop and the ability to copy-and-paste a string of letters and numbers or scan a QR code. It's called the Blockchain, a decentralized ledger that keeps track of debits and credits for all Bitcoin users. There are many ways that the Blockchain can benefit entrepreneurs beyond the fact that it's associated with a currency that makes fraudulent chargebacks impossible. It can be used for many applications that require a reliable and tamper-resistant means of record-keeping. It can be used to give you a competitive edge in a world where the economy is becoming increasingly global and customers increasingly care about how their goods are produced and can hop from one “next big thing” to the next pretty fast. If you're looking at the Blockchain, you probably have a few questions that this book will answer for you. HERE IS A SNEAK PEEK OF WHAT YOU WILL LEARN * What is The Blockchain? * What Can The Blockchain Be Used For? * The Blockchain As Part Of Future Economics * Cryptocurrencies * Does The Blockchain Have Any Weaknesses? * And Much Much More... « less
2016
Harnessing Bitcoin's Blockchain Technology
Take advantage of Bitcoin’s underlying technology, the blockchain, to build massively scalable, decentralized applications known as dapps. In this practical guide, author Siraj Raval explains why dapps will become more widely used—and profitable—than today’s most popular web apps. You’ll learn how the more » blockchain’s cryptographically stored ledger, scarce-asset model, and peer-to-peer (P2P) technology provide a more flexible, better-incentivized structure than current software models. Once you understand the theory behind dapps and what a thriving dapp ecosystem looks like, Raval shows you how to use existing tools to create a working dapp. You’ll then take a deep dive into the OpenBazaar decentralized market, and examine two case studies of successful dapps currently in use. * Learn advances in distributed-system technology that make distributed data, wealth, identity, computing, and bandwidth possible * Build a Twitter clone with the Go language, distributed architecture, decentralized messaging app, and peer-to-peer data store * Learn about OpenBazaar’s decentralized market and its structure for supporting transactions * Explore Lighthouse, a decentralized crowdfunding project that rivals sites such as Kickstarter and IndieGogo * Take an in-depth look at La’Zooz, a P2P ridesharing app that transmits data directly between riders and drivers « less
2016
Protocols for Secure Electronic Commerce, Third Edition presents a compendium of protocols for securing electronic commerce, or e-commerce, in consumer- and business-to-business applications. Attending to a variety of electronic payment systems currently in use around the globe, this edition: * Updates more » all chapters to reflect the latest technical advances and developments in areas such as mobile commerce * Adds a new chapter on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that did not exist at the time of the previous edition's publication * Increases the coverage of PayPal in accordance with PayPal’s amplified role for consumers and businesses * Expands the discussion of bank cards, dedicating a full chapter to magnetic stripe cards and a full chapter to chip-and-PIN technology Protocols for Secure Electronic Commerce, Third Edition offers a state-of-the-art overview of best practices for the security of e-commerce, complete with end-of-chapter review questions and an extensive bibliography of specialized references. A Solutions Manual and PowerPoint slides are available with qualifying course adoption. « less
2016
101 Scripts for Linux, OS X, and UNIX Systems
Shell scripts are an efficient way to interact with your machine and manage your files and system operations. With just a few lines of code, your computer will do exactly what you want it to do. But you can also use shell scripts for many other essential (and not-so-essential) tasks. This second edition more » of Wicked Cool Shell Scripts offers a collection of useful, customizable, and fun shell scripts for solving common problems and personalizing your computing environment. Each chapter contains ready-to-use scripts and explanations of how they work, why you'd want to use them, and suggestions for changing and expanding them. You'll find a mix of classic favorites, like a disk backup utility that keeps your files safe when your system crashes, a password manager, a weather tracker, and several games, as well as 23 brand-new scripts, including: * A ZIP code lookup tool that reports the city and state * A Bitcoin address information retriever * A suite of tools for working with cloud services like Dropbox and iCloud * Tools for renaming and applying commands to files in bulk * Image processing and editing tools Whether you want to save time managing your system or just find new ways to goof off, these scripts are wicked cool! « less
2016
Embrace the new world of fiance by leveraging the power of crypto-currencies using Bitcoin and the Blockchain
***** About This Book ***** * Set up your own wallet, buy and sell Bitcoin, and execute custom transactions on the Blockchain * Leverage the power of Bitcoin to reduce transaction costs and eliminate fraud * A practical step-by-step guide to break down the Bitcoin technology to ensure safe transactions ***** more » Who This Book Is For ***** If you are familiar with online banking and want to expand your finances into a resilient and transparent currency, this book is ideal for you. A basic understanding of online wallets and financial systems will be highly beneficial to unravel the mysteries of Bitcoin. ***** 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 ***** In Detail ***** 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. ***** Style and approach ***** This is an easy-to-follow guide to working with Bitcoin and the Blockchain technology. This book is ideal for anyone who wants to learn the basics of Bitcoin and explore how to set up their own transactions. « less
2015
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you've probably heard of Bitcoin—the game-changing digital currency used by millions worldwide. But Bitcoin isn't just another way to buy stuff. It's an anonymous, revolutionary, cryptographically secure currency that functions without more » the oversight of a central authority or government. If you want to get into the Bitcoin game but find yourself a little confused, Bitcoin for the Befuddled may be just what you're looking for. Learn what Bitcoin is; how it works; and how to acquire, store, and spend bitcoins safely and securely. You'll also learn: * Bitcoin's underlying cryptographic principles, and how bitcoins are created * The history of Bitcoin and its potential impact on trade and commerce * All about the blockchain, the public ledger of Bitcoin transactions * How to choose a bitcoin wallet that's safe and easy to use * How to accept bitcoins as payment in your physical store or on your website * Advanced topics, including Bitcoin mining and Bitcoin programming With its non-technical language and patient, step-by-step approach to this fascinating currency, Bitcoin for the Befuddled is your ticket to getting started with Bitcoin. Get out from under the rock and get in the Bitcoin game. Just make sure not to lose your shirt. « less
2014
Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies
Want to join the technological revolution that's taking the world of finance by storm? Mastering Bitcoin is your guide through the seemingly complex world of bitcoin, providing the requisite knowledge to help you participate in the internet of money. Whether you're building the next killer app, investing more » in a startup, or simply curious about the technology, this practical book is essential reading. Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its infancy and it's already spawned a multi-billion dollar global economy. This economy is open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides you with the knowledge you need. « less
2014
Have you, like the rest of the world, speculated as to the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, anonymous creator of Bitcoin? The world's first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin went online in 2009 and has since revolutionized our concepts of currency and money. Not supported by any government or central bank, completely more » electronic, Bitcoin is a virtual currency based on advanced cryptographic systems. Like the currency he created, the identity of Bitcoin's creator Satoshi Nakamoto is virtual, existing only online. The Nakamoto persona, which may represent an individual or a group, exists only in the online publications that introduced and explained Bitcoin during its earliest days. Here, collected and professionally published for the first time are the essential writings that detail Bitcoin's creation. Included are • Satoshi Nakamoto Emails and Posts on Computer Forums Presented in Chronological Order • Bitcoin Fundamentals Presented in Layman's Terms • Bitcoin's Potential and Profound Economic Implications • The Seminal Paper Which Started It All The Book of Satoshi provides a convenient way to parse through what Bitcoin's creator wrote over the span of the two years that constituted his "public life" before he disappeared from the Internet . . . at least under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. Beginning on November 1st 2009 with the publication of the seminal paper describing Bitcoin, this public life ends at about the time PC World speculated as to a possible link between Bitcoin and WikiLeaks, the infamous website that publishes leaked classified materials. Was there a connection? You be the judge. Nakamoto's true identity may never be known. Therefore the writings reproduced here are probably all the world will ever hear from him concerning Bitcoin's creation, workings, and theoretical basis. Want to learn more about Bitcoin? Go directly to the source-the writings of the creator himself, Satoshi Nakamoto! « less
2014
Cryptography, Engineering and Economics
Bitcoin is arguably one of the biggest developments in finance since the advent of fiat currency. With Understanding Bitcoin, expert author Pedro Franco provides finance professionals with a complete technical guide and resource to the cryptography, engineering and economic development of Bitcoin and more » other cryptocurrencies. This comprehensive, yet accessible work fully explores the supporting economic realities and technological advances of Bitcoin, and presents positive and negative arguments from various economic schools regarding its continued viability. This authoritative text provides a step-by-step description of how Bitcoin works, starting with public key cryptography and moving on to explain transaction processing, the blockchain and mining technologies. This vital resource reviews Bitcoin from the broader perspective of digital currencies and explores historical attempts at cryptographic currencies. Bitcoin is, after all, not just a digital currency; it's a modern approach to the secure transfer of value using cryptography. This book is a detailed guide to what it is, how it works, and how it just may jumpstart a change in the way digital value changes hands. « less
2014