This is Part 1 of a 7-part review of the book, The Blockchain Code, by Dave Kinsey. For the next installation, CLICK THIS LINK. Thanks for reading!
I got a wild hair and decided I wanted to learn about blockchain and Bitcoin. So I searched the internet for a well-written, informative book on the subject. Oh, what a naive blockhead I was! What I discovered was that almost every book or website article I found on the subject seemed more intent on hyping blockchain, and selling its virtues to me, and less intent on describing it to me in a clear, easy-to-understand, and objective way.
But finally lady luck smiled upon me, and I stumbled upon The Blockchain Code, by Dave Kinsey. Kinsey is a technology advisor for the State Bar of Arizona. His book was published in 2019, so at three years old it’s almost ancient history. I felt a little wary to buy it, due to the rapid changes so prevalent in modern technology. But while reading it, I got the impression that much of what he wrote about blockchain way back then, is still applicable today.
Also, this paperback book seems to be self-published. But I don’t hold that against Kinsey, as I know what it’s like being unable to find a traditional publisher. And who knows, maybe publishers were reluctant to put it on the market because it doesn’t contain the requisite hype you find in so many other books about blockchain. It breaks the stereotype, and that can be scary for publishers.
Self-published books are vulnerable to grammatically incorrect and odd-sounding sentences, due to a lack of sufficient proofreading. Fortunately, this happens so infrequently in The Blockchain Code, that it never left me feeling ready to throw the book at the wall. In fact, I consider the The Blockchain Code to be better written and put together than many traditionally published books.
Blockchain was designed for Bitcoin. In fact, they’re practically one and the same thing, except that the blockchain concept can be separated from Bitcoin and used for other cryptocurrencies. And it can also be used for non-monetary reasons, such as for storing data.
It’s interesting, and perhaps a little alarming, that many legitimate organizations, such as financial institutions, medical facilities, and even government agencies, have been toying with storing their data on a blockchain-styled system. That affects everyone, whether or not they’re invested in cryptocurrency, so it’s becoming more and more important for all of us to learn about blockchain.
So with that in mind, I have launched a seven-part series about blockchain and Bitcoin. This series reviews Dave Kinsey’s book, The Blockchain Code, and it also teaches the basics of blockchain, Bitcoin, and cryptocurrency in general. Much of the information in this series comes from Kinsey’s book, but some of it also comes from separate research I’ve conducted on the internet.
I hope you will find this series easy to read and understand, and that it will help clear up the nebulous explanations that may have crossed your eyes and smitten you with headaches, while trying to learn about this subject.
Stay tuned. A new installment of the series will be posted every few days. So come on back two days from now, for Part 2, where we’ll learn about the history of blockchain and Bitcoin.