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Building Blockchain Projects

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Apr 27, 2017


About This Book
  • Create powerful, end-to-end applications for Blockchain using Ethereum
  • Write your first program using the Solidity programming language
  • Change the way you think and design your applications by using the all new database-Blockchain
Who This Book Is For

This book is for JavaScript developers who now want to create tamper-proof data (and transaction) applications using Blockchain and Ethereum. Those who are interested in cryptocurrencies and the logic and database empowering it will find this book extremely useful.

Apr 27, 2017

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Narayan Prusty is a web and mobile app developer. He specializes in WordPress, HTML5, JavaScript, PHP, Solr, and Cordova. He has been learning and building applications using these technologies for many years. He is the founder of, which provides courses on various application development topics and has more than 10,000 subscribers worldwide. His personal blog,, is among the top Intel XDK and WordPress blogs. He also works as a consultant and freelance developer for many companies worldwide. Visit him online at

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  • A DApp is a kind of Internet application whose backend runs on a decen-tralized peer-to-peer network and its source code is open source. No single node in the network has complete con-trol over the DApp.

  • If a node in the network receives two different valid blockchains, then the blockchain whose combined difficulty of all blocks is higher is considered to be the valid blockchain.

  • We need to make sure that nodes cannot tamper with the blockchain, and we also need a mechanism to check whether a block is valid or not. And also, if we encounter two different valid blockchains, we need to have a way to find out which one to choose.

  • Understanding how TLSNotary works is not required to use Oraclize or to verify the proof. The tool to validate the TLSNotary proof is open source; therefore, if it contains any malicious code, then it can eas-ily be caught, so this tool can be trusted.

  • What happens if two miners mine the next block at nearly the same time? Both the blocks will be valid for sure, but the blockchain cannot hold two blocks with the same block number, and also, both the miners cannot be awarded.

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Building Blockchain Projects - Narayan Prusty

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Building Blockchain Projects

Develop real-time practical DApps using Ethereum and JavaScript

Narayan Prusty



Building Blockchain Projects

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About the Author

Narayan Prusty is a full-stack developer, with five years of experience in the field. He specializes in Blockchain and JavaScript. His commitment has led him to build scalable products for startups, the government, and enterprises across India, Singapore, USA, and UAE. 

At present, Ethereum, Bitcoin, Hyperledger, IPFS, Ripple, and so on are some of the things he uses on a regular basis to build decentralized applications. Currently, he is a full-time Blockchain SME (Subject-Matter Expert) at Emirates National Bank of Dubai.  

He has already written two books on JavaScript titled Learning ECMAScript 6 and Modern JavaScript Applications. Both these books were reviewed and published by Packt. 

He starts working on something immediately if he feels it’s exciting and solves real work problems. He built an MP3 search engine at the age of 18, and since then, he has built various other applications, which are used by people around the globe. His ability to to build scalable applications from top to bottom is what makes him special.

Currently, he is on a mission to make things easier, faster, and cheaper using the blockchain technology. Also, he is looking at possibilities to prevent corruptions, fraud, and to bring transparency to the world using blockchain technology.

You can learn more from him from his blog  and you can reach him out at LinkedIn

About the Reviewers

Imran Bashir has an M.Sc. degree in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, and has a background in software development, solution architecture, infrastructure management, and IT service management. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the British Computer Society (BCS). Imran has sixteen years of experience in public and financial sector. He had worked on large-scale IT projects for the public sector before moving to the financial services industry. Since then, he worked in various technical roles for different financial companies in Europe’s financial capital, London. He is currently working for an investment bank in London as Vice President in the technology department.

Daniel Kraft has studied mathematics and physics and holds a PhD degree in applied mathematics from the University of Graz in Austria.  He has been involved in development with cryptocurrencies since 2013, has been the lead developer and chief scientist for both Namecoin and Huntercoin since 2014, and has published two research papers about cryptocurrency in peer-reviewed journals. He works as a software engineer and is a cofounder of Crypto Realities Ltd, a start-up that works on building decentralized multiplayer game worlds with blockchain technology.

Gaurang Torvekar has a master's degree in Information Systems from Singapore Management University. He is the cofounder and CTO of Attores, a Smart Contracts as a Service company, based in Singapore. He has extensive experience in Ethereum and Hyperledger application development. He has been a speaker at several blockchain conferences, conducted many hands on blockchain courses in Polytechnics in Singapore, and is also a Blockchain mentor at Angelhack.

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Table of Contents


What this book covers

What you need for this book

Who this book is for


Reader feedback

Customer support

Downloading the example code

Downloading the color images of this book




Understanding Decentralized Applications

What is a DApp?

Advantages of decentralized applications

Disadvantages of decentralized applications

Decentralized autonomous organization

User identity in DApps

User accounts in DApps

Accessing the centralized apps

Internal currency in DApps

Disadvantages of internal currency in DApps

What are permissioned DApps?

Popular DApps


What is a ledger?

What is blockchain?

Is Bitcoin legal?

Why would someone use Bitcoin?


The Hyperledger project


How does it work?



.bit domains


Decentralized governance and budgeting

Decentralized service





Understanding How Ethereum Works

Overview of Ethereum

Ethereum accounts





Block time


Genesis block

Ether denominations

Ethereum virtual machine


Peer discovery

Whisper and Swarm


Installing geth




JSON-RPC and JavaScript console

Sub-commands and options

Connecting to the mainnet network

Creating a private network

Creating accounts


Fast synchronization

Ethereum Wallet



Sybil attack

51% attack


Payment and state channels

Proof-of-stake and casper



Writing Smart Contracts

Solidity source files

The structure of a smart contract

Data location

What are the different data types?






The delete operator

Conversion between elementary types

Using var

Control structures

Creating contracts using the new operator


External function calls

Features of contracts


Function modifiers

The fallback function


The super keyword

Abstract contracts


Using for

Returning multiple values

Importing other Solidity source files

Globally available variables

Block and transaction properties

Address type related

Contract related

Ether units

Proof of existence, integrity, and ownership contract

Compiling and deploying contracts


Getting Started with web3.js

Introduction to web3.js

Importing web3.js

Connecting to nodes

The API structure


Unit conversion

Retrieving gas price, balance, and transaction details

Sending ether

Working with contracts

Retrieving and listening to contract events

Building a client for an ownership contract

The project structure

Building the backend

Building the frontend

Testing the client


Building a Wallet Service

Difference between online and offline wallets

hooked-web3-provider and ethereumjs-tx libraries

What is a hierarchical deterministic wallet?

Introduction to key derivation functions

Introduction to LightWallet

HD derivation path

Building a wallet service


Project structure

Building the backend

Building the frontend



Building a Smart Contract Deployment Platform

Calculating a transaction's nonce

Introducing solcjs

Installing solcjs

solcjs APIs

Using a different compiler version

Linking libraries

Updating the ABI

Building a contract deployment platform

The project structure

Building the backend

Building the frontend



Building a Betting App

Introduction to Oraclize

How does it work?

Data sources

Proof of authenticity


Getting started with the Oraclize API

Setting the proof type and storage location

Sending queries

Scheduling queries

Custom gas

Callback functions

Parsing helpers

Getting the query price

Encrypting queries

Decrypting the data source

Oraclize web IDE

Working with strings

Building the betting contract

Building a client for the betting contract

Projecting the structure

Building the backend

Building the frontend

Testing the client


Building Enterprise Level Smart Contracts

Exploring ethereumjs-testrpc

Installation and usage

The testrpc command-line application

Using ethereumjs-testrpc as a web3 provider or as an HTTP server

Available RPC methods

What are event topics?

Getting started with truffle-contract

Installing and importing truffle-contract

Setting up a testing environment

The truffle-contract API

The contract abstraction API

Creating contract instances

The contract instance API

Introduction to truffle

Installing truffle

Initializing truffle

Compiling contracts

Configuration files

Deploying contracts

Migration files

Writing migrations

Unit testing contracts

Writing tests in JavaScript

Writing tests in Solidity

How to send ether to a test contract

Running tests

Package management

Package management via NPM

Package management via EthPM

Using contracts of packages within your contracts

Using artifacts of packages within your JavaScript code

Accessing a package's contracts deployed addresses in Solidity

Using truffle's console

Running external scripts in truffle's context

Truffle's build pipeline

Running an external command

Running a custom function

Truffle's default builder

Building a client

Truffle's server


Building a Consortium Blockchain

What is a consortium blockchain?

What is Proof-of-Authority consensus?

Introduction to parity

Understanding how Aura works

Getting parity running

Installing rust




Downloading, installing and running parity

Creating a private network

Creating accounts

Creating a specification file

Launching nodes

Connecting nodes

Permissioning and privacy



Blockchain is a decentralized ledger that maintains a continuously growing list of data records secured from tampering and revision. Every user is allowed to connect to the network, send new transactions to it, verify transactions, and create new blocks.

This book will teach you what Blockchain is, how it maintains data integrity, and how to create real-world Blockchain projects using Ethereum. With interesting real-world projects, you will know learn how to write smart contracts which run exactly as programmed without any chance of fraud, censorship or third-party interference, and build end-to-end applications for Blockchain. You will learn concepts such as cryptography in cryptocurrencies, ether security, mining, smart contracts, and solidity.

The blockchain is the main technical innovation of bitcoin, where it serves as the public ledger for bitcoin transactions.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Understanding Decentralized Applications, will explain what DApps are and provide an an overview of how they work.

Chapter 2, Understanding How Ethereum Works, explains how Ethereum works.

Chapter 3, Writing Smart Contracts, shows how to write smart contracts and use geth's interactive console to deploy and broadcast transactions using web3.js.  

Chapter 4, Getting Started with web3.js, introduces web3js and how to import, connect to geth, and explains use it in Node.js or client-side JavaScript.

Chapter 5, Building a Wallet Service, explains how to build a wallet service that users can create and manage Ethereum Wallets easily, even offline. We will specifically use the LightWallet library to achieve this.

Chapter 6, Building a Smart Contract Deployment Platform, shows how to compile smart contracts using web3.js and deploy it using web3.js and EthereumJS.

Chapter 7, Building a Betting App, explains how to use Oraclize to make HTTP requests from Ethereum smart contracts to access data from World Wide Web. We will also learn how to access files stored in IPFS, use the strings library to work with strings, and more. 

Chapter 8, Building Enterprise Level Smart Contracts, explains how to use Truffle, which makes it easy to build enterprise-level DApps. We will learn about Truffle by building an alt-coin.

Chapter 9, Building a Consortium Blockchain, we will discuss consortium blockchain.

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You require Windows 7 SP1+, 8, 10 or Mac OS X 10.8+.

Who this book is for

This book is for JavaScript developers who now want to create tamper-proof data (and transaction) applications using Blockchain and Ethereum. Those who are interested in cryptocurrencies and the logic and database empowering it will find this book extremely useful.


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