It's been a while since a tech book gave me such enjoyment. In an age when when word innovation typically is used to mean "I duck-taped these two turds together" it is great to encounter real novelty in tech.
The book makes the wonder of blockchain easily approachable if you have some background in CS and takes some nice excursions to topics like elliptic crypto.
On the other the free ebook Mastering Bitcion by Andreas M. Antonopoulos, available at http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1234000001802/index.ht... is an absolute pleasure to read imho.
It starts by explaining the core blockchain/bitcoin concepts in humorous layman terms ("nerd money!") and slowly goes deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole while keeping things pleasant.
The chapter that explains cryptographic hashing (SHA1 and all) is a masterpiece at opening the tech to non-technical audience.
Edit: It is free. Thanks nnx.
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Manage wallets, multisig up to m-of-15, any/all keys can be generated offline, payment processing, Pubnub notifications and much more
Ping support on IRC (#coinkite) or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need some Testnet coins to play.
This course was presented as a free series of workshops we did around Europe this summer - you can read more about it here - http://blockstrap.com/en/blog/onboarding-europe/.
These slides make a lot more sense when we talk you through them - we're currently editing the video and will be sharing it on Blockstrap when finished. There's only so much structured learning we could fit in a day, so we thought this presentation was a good starting point for those new to Bitcoin and the underlying tech.
If you're interested in building blockchain applications come check out our stack at http://blockstrap.com. We have an API, framework, and several open source starting points. We welcome contributions from the community and we're very open to alternatives to SlideShare.