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W.-M. LeeBeginning Ethereum Smart Contracts Programminghttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5086-0_3

3. Connecting to the Ethereum Blockchain

Wei-Meng Lee1 
Ang Mo Kio, Singapore
Now that you have a solid understanding of how a blockchain works, you are ready to connect to the real Ethereum blockchain. To get connected to the Ethereum blockchain, you need an Ethereum client – an application that runs as an Ethereum node on the blockchain. Using an Ethereum client, you can perform tasks such as the following:
  • Mine Ethers.

  • Transfer Ethers from one account to another.

  • View block information.

  • Create and deploy Smart Contracts.

  • Use and interact with Smart Contracts.

At the time of writing, there are a number of Ethereum clients ...

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