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Demystify one of the most disruptive modern technologies and gain a deeper understanding of distributed ledgers, consensus protocols, smart contracts, DApps, cryptocurrencies, and more.

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Key FeaturesStudy new blockchains, including Polkadot, Solana, and Avalanche blockchain, along with recent developments in security, scalability, and privacyExplore key cryptocurrencies and distributed ledgers such as Ethereum, Bitcoin, Hyperledger Fabric, Corda, and QuorumGet to grips with Solidity, Web3, NFTs, DeFi, and smart contract developmentBook Description

Blockchain is the backbone of cryptocurrencies, it has had a massive impact in many sectors, including finance, supply chains, healthcare, government, and media. It’s also being used for cutting edge technologies such as AI and IoT. This new edition is thoroughly revised to offer a practical approach to using Ethereum, Hyperledger, Fabric, and Corda with step-by-step tutorials and real-world use-cases to help you understand everything you need to know about blockchain development and implementation. With new chapters on Decentralized Finance and solving privacy, identity, and security issues, as well as bonus online content exploring alternative blockchains, this is an unmissable read for everyone who wants to gain a deep understanding of blockchain.

The book doesn’t shy away from advanced topics and practical expertise, such as decentralized application (DApp) development using smart contracts and oracles, and emerging trends in the blockchain space. Throughout the book, you’ll explore blockchain solutions beyond cryptocurrencies, such as the IoT with blockchain, enterprise blockchains, and tokenization, and gain insight into the future scope of this fascinating and disruptive technology.

By the end of this blockchain 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.

What you will learnGrasp the mechanisms behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrenciesUnderstand cryptography and its usage in blockchainBecome familiar with the theoretical foundations of smart contracts and blockchain consensusDevelop DApps using Solidity, Remix, Truffle, and GanacheSolve issues relating to privacy, identity, scalability, and security in enterprise blockchainsDive into the architecture of Ethereum 2.0Delve into emerging trends like DeFi, NFTs, and MetaverseExplore various applications, research topics, and future directions of blockchainWho this book is for

This book is for blockchain enthusiasts from all backgrounds, including software developers and programmers who want to learn how to build DApps, business executives and managers who want to explore the benefits and challenges of leveraging blockchain in different industries, and system architects and solution designers who want insight into blockchain architecture, consensus mechanisms, and security considerations. It is also a useful reference guide for blockchain development professionals who want to build fast and highly secure transactional applications. Basic knowledge in any programming language will come in handy.

Table of ContentsBlockchain 101DecentralizationSymmetric CryptographyAsymmetric CryptographyConsensus AlgorithmsBitcoin ArchitectureBitcoin in PracticeSmart ContractsEthereum ArchitectureEthereum in Practice

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How does your book differ from others that discuss blockchain?

With a unique blend of theory and practice, this book presents a comprehensive exploration of blockchain. It covers the theoretical foundations, including consensus protocols, cryptographic techniques used in blockchain systems, and the underlying principles of layer 2 chains. In addition, it also equips you with extensive practical expertise in developing dApps. By leveraging the range of tools and techniques covered, you’ll gain hands-on experience in building private networks, enterprise networks, and smart contracts.

What’s new in this edition? Updated to include the latest blockchain research New chapters on decentralized finance and solving privacy, identity, and security issues Special online content exploring alternative blockchains

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Blockchain 101



Bitcoin Architecture

Smart Contracts

Ethereum Architecture

Enterprise Blockchain


Privacy & Security

Blockchain Applications and What’s Next!

What do you hope readers will take away from this edition?

This latest edition of Mastering Blockchain covers the most recent advancements, such as layer 2 technologies, developments in Ethereum following the merge, and decentralized finance and identity in the blockchain ecosystem.

Moreover, it offers insights to tackle challenges in blockchain privacy, scalability, and security. Similar to its previous editions, practical examples of developing smart contracts and dApps are included, allowing you to gain hands-on dApp development experience.


How did you adapt your book to serve both professionals and students?

This book covers not only the fundamentals but also goes beyond those to offer valuable insights for practitioners. While students in a semester course on blockchain can use this as a textbook, professionals will be able to use this as a reference guide for addressing real-world challenges.

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Mastering Blockchain, First Edition

Deeper insights into decentralization, cryptography, Bitcoin, and popular Bitcoin frameworks

Mastering Blockchain, Second Edition

Distributed ledger technology, decentralization, and smart contracts explained

Mastering Blockchain, Third Edition

A deep dive into distributed ledgers, consensus protocols, smart contracts, dApps, cryptocurrencies and Ethereum

Mastering Blockchain, Fourth Edition

A technical reference guide to the inner workings of blockchain, from cryptography to DeFi and NFTs

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Packt Publishing; 4th ed. edition (March 31, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 818 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1803241063
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1803241067
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.04 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.5 x 1.85 x 9.25 inches