Bitcoin For The Befuddled - Book Review


I was a huge fan of Conrad Barski's last book, Land Of Lisp. I really like his writing style, which intersperses conventional writing with the occasional comic, which are both done very well. I was therefore very happy to see that his next book was going to cover something that I've been experimenting with a bit lately - Bitcoin.

I am very fortunate to have a friend who gave me an excellent tutorial on Bitcoins earlier this year. He showed me how to buy and spend them and a little about how the network works. However, there's still a bunch of stuff that's a mystery to me.

For example, what are my options for safely storing and backing up my wallets? How could I use them to accept POS payments? And finally, how is everything encrypted? This book includes all of that and quite a bit more.

One more thing that I really loved about this book is that it seems to target readers who at least know a little bit about programming and encryption. There's even example programs at the end that show you how run your own code against the blockchain.

The Bitcoin ecosystem currently lacks a lot of quality educational resources. And what does exist seems to target mathematicians or people who are looking to make a quick buck. Thankfully this book does a great job filling that gap. If you're any sort of technologist who has any interest in Bitcoins then check out this book soon.