Mastering Bitcoin
Unlocking Digital Crypto-Currencies
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2014
Pages: 284

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If you’re interested in bitcoin basics, bitcoin’s technical operation, or planning to build the next great bitcoin killer app or business, Mastering Bitcoin is essential reading. From using a bitcoin wallet to buy coffee to running a bitcoin marketplace with hundreds of thousands of transactions or building new financial innovations that will transform our understanding of currency and credit, this book will help you engineer money. You’re about to unlock the API to a new economy. This book is your key.

You’ll learn everything you need to know about decentralized digital money, one of the most exciting technical revolutions in decades. Just as the Internet transformed dozens of industries, decentralized digital money—in the form of crypto-currencies—has the ability to transform the foundations of money, credit, and financial services. As the first successful digital currency, bitcoin is the natural starting point for anyone interested in decentralized digital money, its implications, and applications.

  • Get a broad introduction to bitcoin—ideal for non-technical users to investors and business executives seeking to better understand bitcoin
  • Learn the technical foundations of bitcoin and other cryptographic currencies, from cryptography basics to data structures and network protocols
  • Understand technical topics through user stories, elegant analogies and examples, and code snippets illustrating the key concepts

Technical details of bitcoin’s operation and is aimed at professional developers, engineers, software and systems architects, systems administrators, and other technically minded people.

Bitcoin is still in its infancy, and yet it’s already spawned a multi-billion dollar, global economy. Both new and established companies are adding bitcoin as a payment method, and investors are funding a flurry of new bitcoin and related startups. Mastering Bitcoin can help you become part of this vibrant new economy.

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  • Well-written (5)
  • Accurate (4)

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    5.0

    Its a book that will spark a new era

    By CrOblet

    from Calgary

    About Me Maker

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    Pros

    • Bitcoin
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Well-written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate

      Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

      I used the product to help with project DilBitcoin
      a digital energy currency using blockchain technology protocols

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKnLCf8tt9w

      The Book was highly organized, very logically laid out, an absolute fantastic read for those with a technical appetite.

      I look forward to future revisions or versions as this technology unfolds, but I think one day folks will look back to this, the way they might look at the discovery of Electro-Magnetism in 1821, the first IBM in 1965, the launch of WWW in 1993. The stars are aligning for BTC and the best is yet to come.

      Its a brilliant idea, and to be able to tinker in this sandbox is a delight.

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      3.0

      Good intro book

      By Prof

      from NJ

      About Me Educator

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      Pros

      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

      • Not comprehensive enough
      • This Book Is Not Finished

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      Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

      This book is a good intro, but is still in development.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      By far the best bitcoin book out there!

      By John

      from New York

      About Me Developer, Sys Admin

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Well-written

      Cons

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        • Intermediate

        Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

        I've got a nice dev project coming up dealing with bitcoin and I have to say I am very impressed with the author's knowledge and ability to explain the gory details of the cryptography behind bitcoin. This is the first book I've read that actually explained how HD wallets work. I only gave this 4 stars, since it's still rough cuts and not yet complete. Highly recommended!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Title is self explanatory

        By michalis

        from Greece

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          Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

          I bought this book because I am going to start an internship on Bitcoin and I have found even the "raw and unedited version" to be really helpful. It starts with explanation of basic use of Bitcoin and goes until describing raw transactions. I recommend it to anyone interested in cryptocurrencies. I can't wait for the full release which I believe will be great.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Looks promising

          By Jean

          from Brussels, Belgium

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            Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

            Step by step explanation of the technical working of the protocol

            (0 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            An anomaly among OReilly books

            By Zeroknowledge

            from SF CA

            About Me Developer, Educator, Maker

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              • Too basic

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              • Student

              Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

              General structure follows OReilly formula, but content could do with a great deal of improvement. General rule of thumb of OReilly about author's doesn't seem to hold valid either.
              A greater depth description of protocol and ecosystem could have done better justice to the book.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing work from an experienced author

              By Good Guy Ninja

              from Russia

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              • Accurate
              • Concise
              • Easy to understand
              • Well-written

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                • Intermediate
                • Novice

                Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

                Despite that I decided not to use Oreilly's "reviewing system" again due to the numerous flaws in it which made it unreliable, I couldn't resist reviewing this book.

                The author is talented, he knows what he is talking about very well, he knows the code behind bitcoin, and most importantly, he is passionate about bitcoin, he is not just looking for profit, but he also wants us to actually use bitcoins and support it like he does.

                You can know a lot about the author before buying the book by a simple search, a good start might be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP9-lAYngi4

                This book is suitable for all user levels in my opinion, so getting the book will not harm, and will surely be a good contribution to support bitcoin and the author to do more good work.

                (1 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This is amazing product!

                By Bitcoin 4ever

                from Web

                About Me Bitcoin Is Here To Help

                Pros

                • Easy to understand
                • Great To Read
                • How To Start Using Btc
                • Supporting Bitcoin
                • Why To Forget Fiat
                • Why To Use Btc

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                  Best Uses

                  • For All Kind Of Users

                  Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

                  This book will help you to understand why you should use Bitcoin! If you are still considering - read this book. And buy Bitcoin!

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