Chapter 12

Integrating Non-Blockchain Apps with Ethereum

IN THIS CHAPTER

Bullet Exploring differences between blockchain and databases

Bullet Identifying differences between blockchain and traditional applications

Bullet Integrating traditional applications with Ethereum

Bullet Testing and deploying integrated blockchain apps

Although you can build entirely blockchain-based applications, it is far more likely that your applications will be a combination of traditional and blockchain components. You learn in Chapter 3 that some use cases lend themselves well to blockchain apps but others do not. In this book, we chose to highlight one use case, supply chain, because blockchain offers clear advantages over traditional methods. However, even a comprehensive supply chain application will likely run partially as a traditional application and partially on the blockchain.

Many emerging blockchain apps consist of core components that operate as smart contracts and other components that operate as traditional applications that interact with users and provide supporting functionality. This hybrid approach to application ...

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