The very basics for anyone who’s getting started with cryptocurrencies or would like to get involved with crypto software development.
Most articles in this section assume no previous experience with cryptocurrencies.
We try to cover a broad range of subjects, from mining to software development, using accessible language and no excessively technical terms.
ELI5 Dollar Reboot Composite
Market analyst Jim Rickards edits the Strategic Intelligence newsletter and, in 2017, he made several predictions about the financial markets in the coming years, specifically men...
ELI5 Coinmixer : What is a coin mixer?
A coin mixer, most popularly known as Bitcoin mixer, is a service which scrambles your cryptocurrency transactions so that the funds' origin becomes hard to trace. (Some also call...
ELI5 Provably Fair Games
What is a provably fair game?
The answer lies at the heart of a whole new industry which has been developed around the transparent, decentralized, nature of the blockchain.
ELI5 Bitcoin Puzzle Transactions
As the name implies, Bitcoin puzzle transactions are created as a challenge and not for the usual purpose of monetary transfer.
Puzzles can be published for several reasons, in...
Bitcoin: The mother of all cryptocurrencies
On January 12 2009, an individual or group using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, announced that the first Bitcoin transaction had taken place. Ten Bitcoins had been magically transferred between Satoshi and cryptography legend Hal Finney. It was the beginning of a revolution which, to this day, promises to change how humankind deals with money, finance […]
cavax – Experimental C language tools for AVAX Avalanche exploration
cavax is an experimental implementation of C language utils for the exploration of the Avalanche AVAX protocol. Initially, cavax supports limited networking and basic passive functionality (e.g. it does not actively verify vertices). cavax listens to the Avalanche network and calls hooks that you can set up to handle each message type. Some default hooks […]
AVAX Staking tutorial – How to begin staking Avalanche
The AVAX public sale, which closed on July 15 2020 after just a few hours, was an astounding success. Investors looking for high yields flocked to the sale, buying all U$ 42 million worth of AVAX coins in just 4.5 hours. At our latest update, AVAX price was approximately U$ 13 – a 2600% yield […]
Introduction to our commented Bitcoin source code section
Below you’ll find the main commented Bitcoin source code sections (sorted by section name and filename). Core amount.h – Defines the CAmount typedef, implements minimum and maximum valid amount range check. base58.cpp – The encoding function used for Bitcoin addresses. Base58 removes some potentially ambiguous characters from Base64 so Bitcoin addresses can be written down […]
Concepts In This Page
First Generation Cryptocurrencies
The first generation cryptocurrencies was spawned by Bitcoin. Several Bitcoin forks exist on this generation. Most 1st generation coins simply copied the Bitcoin source code while modifying the encryption algorithms and total coin supply.
Second Generation Cryptocurrencies
The second generation of cryptocurrencies added on-chain smart contracts and fully featured contract programming languages. Ethereum, which is the most notable 2nd generation cryptocurrency, brought smart contracts and introduced tokens to the masses, spawning the wave of ICO's from 2014 onwards.
Third Generation Cryptocurrencies
Third Generation Cryptocurrencies are still being developed. These include everything from second gen cryptos, plus on-chain governance, delegated Proof of Stake consensus and native compliance features. Cardano is a notable example of 3rd gen cryptocurrency project.