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5 Days Course
Programming

Classroom + Online

Course Details

Overview

This Professional Blockchain training course provides an introduction to all the relevant concepts of blockchain technology. You will get detailed insights into how blockchain works and the techniques that are used to build it.

In this course, you will learn to develop decentralized applications and smart contracts using Ethereum, Solidity, Truffle, Ganache, and other relevant frameworks. Because the course provides a comprehensive knowledge of blockchain technology, it is a self-contained product that enables you to fully understand the technology.

 

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Objectives

The course will then cover decentralization, its impact, relationship with blockchain, and implementation. After this, concepts like symmetric cryptography, security services, cryptographic primitives, and stream cyphers will be covered in depth. Lessons in using OpenSSL will follow, where you can experiment with symmetric cryptography and asymmetric cryptography.

A highlight of this edition is the introduction to bitcoins and altcoins with hands-on exercises on how to install the Bitcoin client and interact with the blockchain Bitcoin. You’ll also explore smart contracts, Ethereum, solidity language, and frameworks such as Ganache, TestRPC, and Truffle for smart contract development.

By the end of this course, you’ll be an expert in the making, learning about issues delaying the maturity of blockchain technology and what lies ahead in the future.

 

This course will provide you with knowledge of the following:

  • Understand decentralization and its relationship with blockchain
  • Use cryptography to provide security services
  • Describe the inner workings of Bitcoin and alternative cryptocurrency
  • Implement smart contracts
  • Grasp how Ethereum blockchain works
  • Develop decentralized applications using Solidity and other frameworks
  • Examine applications of the blockchain technology beyond currencies
  • Implement blockchain solutions including Hyperledger and Corda
  • Explore the blockchain revolution, research topics and the future scope of blockchain technology professional Blockchain should be your next read if you want to stay updated with blockchain technology and develop your own distributed applications. To easily grasp the concepts explained in this course, you must have the knowledge and experience of coding in JavaScript.

Outline

Day One

Lesson One

Lesson one will cover the distributed system, the foundation of blockchain technology, elements, and tiers of blockchain technology.

  • Distributed systems
  • History of blockchain and Bitcoin – covering electronic cash, Merkle trees
  • Definition of blockchain
  • Elements of a generic blockchain
  • Tiers of Blockchain technology

Lesson Two

More technical details of Blockchain technology

  • Types of blockchain, distributed ledger technology, (DLTs), public blockchains, private blockchains.
  • Consensus, what is consensus, how to reach consensus.
  • Consensus mechanisms used in blockchains.
  • CAP Theorem and blockchain

Lesson Three

Understand the concept of decentralization, its impact and its relationship with blockchain technology. Its implementation using Blockchain technology will also be discussed.

  • Decentralization
  • Methods used to decentralize existing systems
  • Different types of networks (centralized, decentralized, distributed)
  • Exercises to show how a system can decentralize e.g. decentralization of a payment system.
  • Blockchain and full ecosystem decentralization, computing, storage, communication decentralization.
  • DAOs, DAPPs, DOs, DASs
  • Platforms for decentralization

 

Day Two

Lesson One

Symmetric cryptography and practical exercises to complement the theoretical material.

  • What is symmetric cryptography
  • Security services
  • Cryptographic primitives, stream cyphers, block cyphers, DES, AES
  • Using OpenSSL to experiment with symmetric cryptography

Lesson Two

Asymmetric (Public-key cryptography) cryptography and practical exercises to complement the theoretical material.

  • What is public-key cryptography
  • RSA
  • Elliptic curve cryptography
  • Digital signatures
  • Hash functions
  • Using OpenSSL to experiment with public-key cryptography and hash functions.

Day Three

Introduce Bitcoin and altcoins and relevant concepts in detail with hands-on exercises on how to install the Bitcoin client and interact with Bitcoin blockchain.

At the end of this day, students should be able to:

  • Define Bitcoin
  • Describe cryptocurrencies
  • Explain altcoins
  • Understand ICOs
  • Install Bitcoin client and perform interactions with the Bitcoin blockchain

Lesson One

An introduction to Bitcoin, how it works, why it works and technical details about the blockchain structure.

  • Bitcoin definition
  • Bitcoin Bird’s eye view, how transactions work
  • Digital keys and addresses
  • Transactions, a technical view
  • Blockchain structure in Bitcoin
  • Mining

Lesson Two

An introduction to the blockchain network, its components, nodes, Wallets, and clients. Also, some introduction to programming APIs and client installation and usage will also be presented.

  • Bitcoin Network
  • Bitcoin Wallets, types and usage
  • Bitcoin clients and APIs

Lesson Three

An introduction to Alternative coins, why they exist, also discuss some examples of Altcoins and differences with Bitcoin. Introduction to Initial coin offering (ICO) and tokens standards will be provided.

  • Alternative coins
  • Some example coins, Namecoin, Litecoin, Primecoin, Zcash
  • ICOs
  • ERC20 and other standards for tokens

 

Day Four

Detailed introduction to smart contracts, Ethereum, solidity language and relevant frameworks such as Ganache, TestRPC, and truffle for smart contract development.

At the end of this day, students should be able to:

  • Explain smart contracts
  • Describe Ethereum
  • Write smart contracts in Solidity
  • Use Frameworks and tools for Ethereum development
  • Build private networks using Ethereum

Lesson One

Learn what are smart contracts, how to write smart contracts and relevant Ethereum blockchain concepts.

  • What are smart contracts, definitions, and background theory
  • Introduction to Ethereum and discussion of all releases of Ethereum.
  • Types of Ethereum networks, private, public, MainNet, Morden, kovan etc.
  • How Ethereum works
  • Transactions, keys, addresses, accounts, types of accounts, gas, fee, mining

Lesson Two

Further details on technical concepts related to smart contracts, Ethereum, and solidity.

  • How to develop smart contracts
  • Introduction to Ethereum Virtual machine
  • Remix IDE
  • Solidity
  • Solidity code examples
  • How to deploy smart contracts

Lesson Three

A deeper introduction to frameworks and development tools used for Ethereum development, along with an introduction to Web3 and how to use relevant frameworks and tools.

  • Ethereum development tools and frameworks
  • Practical examples of how to build, test and deploy smart contracts.
  • Introduction to Web3
  • Using Ganache, TestRPC, Metamask, remix IDE

 

Day Five

Further introduction to Ethereum programming. Introduction to alternative blockchain solutions and its convergence with other technical fields. Also, issues being faced by blockchain technology creating hurdles towards its maturity are also introduced along with an overview of existing research and the future of blockchain technology.

At the end of this day, students should be able to:

  • Learn Ethereum programming, development and deployment continued
  • Understand Altchains (Alternative chains)
  • Explore Blockchain, beyond cryptocurrencies
  • The convergence of blockchain with other technologies
  • List the challenges that blockchain faces such as scalability and privacy and their solutions
  • Explain the current landscape and future of Blockchain technology

Lesson One

Continuation from Day four, introduction to Ethereum and relevant frameworks and tools for development. Ethereum programming in solidity and further examples.

  • Ethereum programming, implementation of smart contracts using truffle framework
  • Example of a simple sample contract

Lesson Two

This lesson will introduce applications of blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrencies in industries such as finance, government, and media.

  • Blockchain beyond cryptocurrencies
  • The convergence of blockchain with other technologies, such as IoT and Artificial Intelligence.
  • IoT practical example

Lesson Three

This lesson will introduce alternative blockchain solutions in contrast to the more common Bitcoin and Ethereum. In addition, research areas and future of blockchain technology will also be presented.

  • Alternative blockchains, for example, Hyperledger Fabric
  • Challenges in blockchain technology
  • Research areas
  • Future
  • Closing remarks

Target Audience

Professional Blockchain should be your next read if you want to stay updated with blockchain technology and develop your own distributed applications.

Prerequisites

To easily grasp the concepts explained in this course, you must have the knowledge and experience of coding in JavaScript.

 

Hardware:

For the optimal student experience, we recommend the following hardware configuration:

  • Any entry-level PC/Mac with Windows, Linux or macOS is sufficient.
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent.
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM.
  • Storage: 35 GB available space.

Software:

You’ll also need the following software installed in advance:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit, Windows 8.1 64 bit Windows 10 64 bit, macOS 10.13.2, or Linux Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial)
  • Browser: Google Chrome, the latest version
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2g 1 Mar 2016 command-line tool
  • Remix IDE available at https://remix.etherum.org
  • Ethereum Byzantium, Geth client available from https://www.ethereum.org
  • Node.js V 8.9.3
  • NPM V5.5.1
  • Truffle from http://truffleframework.com
  • Ganache from http://truffleframework.com/ganache/