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Decentralized applications : harnessing Bitcoin's Blockchain technology

Sira Raval (Author)
"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 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"--ProQuest
eBook, English, 2016
First edition View all formats and editions
O'Reilly Media, Sebastopol, CA, 2016
1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations
9781491924525, 9781491924501, 9781491924532, 1491924527, 1491924500, 1491924535
Print version:
Copyright; Table of Contents; Preface; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; Safari® Books Online; How to Contact Us; Chapter 1. What Is a Decentralized Application?; Preliminaries: What Is Bitcoin?; What Is a Decentralized Application?; Feature 1: Open Source; Feature 2: Internal Currency; Feature 3: Decentralized Consensus; Feature 4: No Central Point of Failure; The History of Decentralized Applications; PopcornTime; OpenBazaar; FireChat; Lighthouse; Gems; Enabling Technologies; Defining the Terms; Getting Started; Chapter 2. A Flourishing Dapp Ecosystem; Decentralized Data. Option 1: Storing Data Directly in the Bitcoin BlockchainOption 2: Storing Data in a Distributed Hash Table; Decentralized Wealth; Decentralized Identity; Decentralized Computing; Decentralized Bandwidth; Decentralized Markets for Decentralized Assets; Practical Decentralization; Chapter 3. Building Your First Dapp; Go; Centralized Architecture; Decentralized Architecture: Introduction to IPFS; What Are We Building?; Setup; Routing; Data Storage and Retrieval; Passing and Displaying Data to the Frontend; Dapp Economics; Remaining Problems; Private Networks; Human-Readable Names. Showing Only Peers on Mikro, Not IPFS in GeneralTamper-Free Payments; Chapter 4. OpenBazaar; Why Make OpenBazaar?; What Is OpenBazaar?; How Does OpenBazaar Work?; Merchant; Buyer; Notary; How to Install OpenBazaar; Possible Errors; Identity; Reputation; What Could OpenBazaar Have Done Better?; Chapter 5. Lighthouse; Functionality; SPV Wallets; Identity; Chapter 6. La'Zooz; What Is La'Zooz?; Distribution Protocol; DAO Structure; UX; Architecture; Contracts; Improvements; Conclusion; Index; About the Author; Colophon
Includes index