Chapter 7. Programming Bitcoin

 

"I am very intrigued by Bitcoin. It has all the signs. Paradigm shift, hackers love it, yet it's derided as a toy. Just like microcomputers."

 
 --Paul Graham, Creator of Yahoo Store

Bitcoin, as a currency, exists and functions according to its underlying technology, the Blockchain. The Blockchain is built from a global network of computers. Each miner acts as an autonomous unit with an economic incentive to confirm transactions. The Blockchain's basic unit, the transaction, is an extensible unit upon which we can develop new types of applications.

In fact, each transaction is simply a small script which transfers control of some fraction of a Bitcoin from one address to another. With each transaction, a small amount ...

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