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Decentralized Applications: Harnessing Bitcoin's Blockchain Technology

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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 blockchain's cryptographically stored ledger, scarce-asset model, and ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by O'Reilly Media (first published November 25th 2015)
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This book was a train wreck. It reads more like an increasingly incoherent set of blog posts than anything approaching a technical reference work. The fault seems to lie both with the author, who doesn't seem equipped for the task of sticking with a technical theme and explaining its implications for his topic, and with the (lack of) editors -- there must have been zero editorial control on this book. It jumps randomly from topic to topic towards the end, the author asks rhetorical questions and ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Covers recent developments and hype around block chain but doesn't explain a thing, worth a quick scan not much more. Siraj, was the only reason for writing the book to copyright the term 'dapps'? ;-)
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just read the first short unedited version, but I'm really excited about where it's going (and where we're going) with all the possibilities that these technologies bring to life.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
The entire book is a mere 98 pages. I found the first two chapters to be interesting, with examples of decentralized, distributed applications. The rest of the book delves into different "sample" code exercises, but it's incomplete.

I did not leave with a robust understanding of Blockchain, IPFS, Proof of Contract or other concepts mentioned several times.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, technology
Good overview into dapps

Good overview into decentralized applications and the bitcoin/blockchain environments. Worth reading to get an understanding on how this technology could be used.

Truth be told, it is lacking on meat, but a good overview nonetheless.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kerala repo is not working ( 03/04 )
Evan Carroll
Apr 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: programming
For a book with under 100 pages, I'm not sure where the fluff ends and content starts. It's horrible and filled with unexplained terminology, examples written in Go, lengthy documentation from the author's own unmaintained library, bad links, and unrelated applications.

First, I consider it a grave mistake on the publisher to allow any author to publish the documentation for their own library or examples that use their library when the book isn't self-titled by that name. The author's library is
Peter Aronson
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is rather sketchy, by which I mean it is short, covers some topics lightly, and others not at all. Chapter 6 (on La'Zooz) seems to actually be missing text in places -- it jumps right from a discussion of Uber to how La'Zooz tokens work without any real explanation of La'Zooz. It also lacks any summing up or conclusions. It is at its most vague when talking about why you might want to build an Decentralized Application (dapp) instead of a more conventional one, aside from vague verbiag ...more
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