Why We Wrote This Guide

There is no doubt that the blockchain, is playing a big role in the modern world. From cryptocurrencies and smart contracts, to e-voting systems and decentralized databases, the blockchain is revolutionizing how we think about many concepts we used to take for granted. I hope that this guide will enable you to dip your toes into the great sea of possibilities which the blockchain offers. See you there!

-- Piotr Pasich, Senior Developer, X-Team

The guide consists of 6 milestones.

Milestone I: Blockchain 101
What is the blockchain? Where did it come from and how does it work? This milestone will give you a historic overview of one of the hottest techs today.

Milestone II: A Bitcoin Primer
What makes Bitcoin tick? Starting with a short historical and terminological overview, you will then dive straight into what's going on under the hood.

Milestone III: Bitcoin Node Setup
Learn how to set up your own Bitcoin node, how to work with the various nets the BTC Blockchain supports, and how to set up your first wallet.

Milestone IV: Transaction Lifecycle
Learn about the JavaScript API used for blockchain operations, best practices, and the transaction lifecycle so you can build a scalable system.

Milestone V: Ethereum
Learn how to work with Ethereum, the cryptocurrency for Smart Contracts, a revolutionary technology, home of the cryptokittens, and BTC's main competitor.

Milestone VI: Smart Contracts
It's one thing to buy and sell crypto, but Ethereum lets you implement your business logic straight on the blockchain with its Smart Contracts. Here's how.

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