How to start learning about Blockchain?

You have likely searched this on google or something similar to “blockchain basics” and thinking about starting to understand it.

I started with Blockchain two years ago. I began to type in Google, Blockchain fundamentals, Blockchain 101, Blockchain basics, etc.

So here I’m keeping it short and straightforward from where you can learn basics about Blockchain without feeling overwhelmed.

In the end, I will recommend you the easiest way to start, which would guarantee that you will know a thing or two about Blockchain 😉

First, you have to choose what your favorite knowledge source is? Because here, I am giving the best three to choose from your favorite knowledge source. Since there are many options out there, choosing one gets complicated so let’s make it simple!

You can learn about Blockchain from:

1. Books
2. Online courses
3. Research articles (don’t panic there are tons of them talking about pretty basic stuff for you to digest)
4. And then you have YouTube channels for quick overviews if you enjoy visual content (like I do!)

Books on Blockchain Basics

The books I have found helpful and can help you get started:

  1. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains by Antony Lewis
  2. Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts by David Gerard
  3. Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Is Changing the World by Alex Tapscott and Don Tapscott

Choose any of the above, look at the content, and get started!

Online courses

  1. Blockchain Fundamentals by Jan-Erick Sandberg
  2. Blockchain basics by Coursera
  3. Blockchain 101 Beginners Free Course Bootcamp Cryptocurrency by Shivgan Joshi

There are tons of online courses out there. So here are my suggestions which can help you feel you find a direction and explain the basics.

Research Articles

  1. Distributed Ledger Technologies for Network Slicing: A survey (by me, my supervisors and co-authors. )
  2. Blockchain (by Michael Nofer, Peter Gomber, Oliver Hinz, Dirk Schiereck )
  3. Daniel Drescher: Blockchain basics: a non-technical introduction in 25 steps

The articles I have mentioned are super simple to digest. Also, they have technical details as well. I will be providing a summary of the research articles as well soon.

YouTube

This. to me, is the easiest way of learning something new, and it’s easier to digest when I can’t take in words.

Here I am providing some of my favorite videos I watched when I started to learn about Blockchain.

  1. How does a blockchain work — Simply Explained
  2. Blockchain explained
  3. But how does bitcoin actually work?

My recommendation on how to start:

  1. Start by watching YouTube videos and get engaged with the content
  2. Then pick an online course (the simplest and easiest one if you want) and commit to it and finish it!
  3. Then if you are interested to read more, choose a book and look up some research articles to get more technical knowledge on the subject.

And remember… The first step is always the hardest. But with a little bit of motivation and discipline, you can go a looong way 😉