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An Overview of Blockchain Design

Estimated Time: 24 min

Course Level: Beginner


There are many blockchain systems in the world today—all created to accomplish different goals and with different development practices, each facing different sets of challenges. This lesson will help you identify the basic design considerations and some of the common approaches to problem solving in blockchain ecosystems. Real-world examples are drawn from the Ethereum, Bitcoin and Cardano blockchain systems.

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You'll Learn To

  • Identify the basic structure and components of blockchains
  • Explore development approaches behind popular blockchains
  • Recognize the design tradeoffs in different blockchain ecosystems
  • Outline the motivations behind the Ethereum system