INTRODUCTION TO BLOCKCHAIN AND CORDA – GTBCC

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BELFAST 8th May 2018 presented by Ben Evans | Contact Us to book

 

Course Description

In this course, we introduce the fundamentals of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. We will discuss when to apply these approaches to existing or greenfield architectures.

Attendees will be able to see the power of the approach by building and working with a simple blockchain from scratch. With this context, we will move on to discuss the Bitcoin network and currency in detail and the design choices that it makes.

The second half of the course introduces the Corda distributed ledger and distributed apps. These are written either in Java or Kotlin, so we briefly introduce this up-and-coming language with a lab-driven approach.

We discuss the Corda ledger, shared facts and CorDapps before turning to the transaction lifecycle and flow. Finally, we look at Corda nodes and operation aspects of running a Corda network and private distributed ledger.

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Duration

1 Day

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Target Audience

Experienced programmers in a OO language (ideally Java or Javascript). Also suitable for architects or lead developers who are investigating suitability of blockchains.

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Prerequisites

Attendees must already be experienced programmers. Any knowledge of blockchains, cryptography or cryptocurrencies is a notable advantage.

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Software Spec

You will be required to bring a laptop to attend this course. Your laptop will need to be preloaded with an IDE (ideally Java 8) and the ability to install new software.

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Course Outline Summary

A: BLOCKCHAIN BOOTCAMP

     1. Fundamental Concepts

  •   Hashing
  •   Public Key cryptography
  •   Hash chaining (e.g. Git)
  • Cryptographic glossary

2. An introductory blockchain

  • Append-only ledgers
  • Proof of work and difficulty
  • Specification for a simple example – FirstBlockchain

Lab: Build & implement FirstBlockchain

Lab: Try to forge entries in someone else’s implementation of FirstBlockchain

 

B. BITCOIN

  1. Bitcoin concepts
  •  Full nodes, mining and PoW
  •  Addresses, wallets & client tools

Lab: Setting up Bitcoin Wallets

  •   Exchanges
  •   Economics of Bitcoin
  •   Criticism
  •   Future Directions

 

C. R3 CORDA

  1. Core Corda Concepts
  •   Introduction to Kotlin

Lab: Introduction to Kotlin

  •   Shared facts and agreements on the ledger
  •   CorDapps

 

  1. Corda Smart Contracts
  •   Simple smart contracts
  •  Transaction Lifecycle
  •   Flows

Lab: Writing a Corda smart contract

 

  1. Running a Corda network
  • Corda Nodes
  • Corda Network

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