By Paul Huang
Bitcoin is the 1st electronic foreign money in human background that doesn't require a crucial clearing authority. The technological implication of this invention is profound: it opens the potential of development a very dispensed economy the place no centralized professionals are had to behavior monetary transactions.
This booklet is the last word solution to the customarily requested, yet even-more-often unsatisfactorily spoke back query: HOW DOES BITCOIN WORK?
This is the 1st booklet that dissects the unique Bitcoin resource code written through Satoshi Nakamoto. It opens the Bitcoin black-box, examines all its elements, and exhibits you the entire information you ever want to know in regards to the Bitcoin system.
The complete booklet has 10 chapters. This model you're approximately to buy comprises the 1st four chapters.
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Peer-to-peer simply means that any BA can initiate a communication to any other BA directly; no intermediaries are needed. Just as your BA can send your transactions to any other BA, any other BA can send its transactions to you as well. Mine a block. After receiving enough numbers of transactions, a BA will pack them together to form a block, and then start "mining" it. Mining is process of hashing the block data into a certain format. The format is specified in such a way that it takes considerable amount of computational power to find a hash compatible with that format.
Note that nIn tracks the input entry index of wtxNew. GetMinFee(true), set nFee equal to the latter, discard all the data filled into wtxNew (lines 13-14) and start all over again. In the first iteration of the big loop starting at line 11, nFee is a local copy of global variable nTransactionFee = 0. You may wonder why all this hassle of re-filling wtxNew. The source code of GetMinFee() gives out the answer: the minimum transaction fee of a transaction depends on the size of the transaction. The size of wtxNew is only known after it is fully constructed.
Exe" in directory "bc/bitcoin". 2. Transaction I This chapter covers the first of the four major tasks laid out in Chapter Introduction: "construct a transaction". To send bitcoins to someone, you need to know the recipient’s Bitcoin address. This chapter first examines how to generate such an address. Then it analyzes the code that constructs a new transaction. 1. Bitcoin address In Chapter Introduction, a BA was compiled from the Bitcoin source code. Now start that BA, select menu "Options" → "Change Your Address", then click the "New Address" button, a dilog-box will pop up.
A Dissection of Bitcoin by Paul Huang