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Introduction to Bitcoin and Decentralized Technology

by Scott Driscoll

Bitcoin and its blockchain technology promise to make sending money--and interacting in general--cheaper, easier, more secure, and programmable. In this course, you'll learn about Bitcoin and a broad range of other decentralized projects.

What you'll learn

Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight! My name is Scott Driscoll, and I want to give you a quick overview of my course, Introduction to Bitcoin and Decentralized Technology. It’s designed to help you get a tangible understanding of how Bitcoin and other decentralized blockchain projects work, and covers things like the big ideas behind Bitcoin, the basics of using Bitcoin, a deep dive into Bitcoin to see how it works under the hood, and a survey of several other decentralized projects including Ethereum, IPFS, ZCash and private blockchains. Along the way, you’ll be using Bitcore to create and broadcast a Bitcoin transaction with JavaScript, and Solidity to create a Smart Contract in Ethereum. When you’re done, you'll have a broad understanding of Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology, as well as where and how it can be used.

From there, you can start exploring Smart Contract programming in Ethereum, or enterprise specific blockchains like HyperLedger.

I look forward to working with you on Introduction to Bitcoin and Decentralized Technology, here at Pluralsight.

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About the author

Scott Driscoll is a software engineer fascinated by Bitcoin and blockchain, and is passionate about explaining and sharing the technology. His explanatory YouTube videos have been seen millions of times, he organized the Atlanta Bitcoin Meetup, and also spoke at the Bitcoin Consumer Fair.

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