Ethereum (ETH)

Ethereum: New kid on the block

Summary

Ethereum has been positioned as “Blockchain 2.0.” Recognizing the power of building more complex applications atop Bitcoin and wanting to take advantage of new research in the space, Ethereum was introduced by Vitalik Buterin in 2013.

One of the main features that sets it apart from other blockchains is the built-in smart contract system, enabling a wide variety of applications to run on a decentralized network. As compared with Bitcoin, which has an intentionally limited scripting language, Ethereum boasts the EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) which allows for nearly-arbitrary computations.

Ether as a token in the platform

Ether, sometimes referred to as Ethereum, is the cryptocurrency used within the Ethereum network. To use the network and run the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), you need Ether. Ether is not so much an investment in a currency, but a tool used to allow the system to work. You can think of Ether as a form of ‘gas’ that makes the EVM run. Ether is used to pay for mining costs and transaction fees; it ensures that transactions are verified and posted in a block on the chain. To read more about Ether’s purpose within the Ethereum ecosystem, you can see this page from Ethereum.org’s website.

Resources

Ethereum Project

Ethereum project

The official Ethereum website containing download links to the Mist graphical Dapp Browser. In addition, several tutorials for writing Smart Contract in Solidity programming language is available. The Ethereum Foundation can be an interesting thing to check out too!

Ethercasts Dapp List

Ethereum Dapps

Dapp List by Ethercasts is a comprehensive decentralized application status board for a variety of projects built on the Ethereum blockchain.

 

 

EthStats

Ethereum networks stats

EthStats is a visually stimulating graphical website for viewing the current status of the Ethereum network. node listing is voluntary and does not represent the full network.

Github: Ethereum’s Source Code

Github has Ethereum’s source code available to check out.

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Ethereum StackExchange

Ethereum StackExchange is the foremost place to ask and answer technical questions related to Ethereum, EVM, Smart Contracts, Solidity programming language, gas and more.

Blockchain Explorers

Discussion

Reddit

Ethereum’s primary discussion forum occurs on Reddit. The main subreddit (/r/ethereum) focuses on tech talk and project announcements, with price talk occurring on /r/ethtrader.

Gitter

Join the Welcome chatroom on Gitter to chat in real-time with other Ethereum users! There are a variety of rooms centered around clients and technical topics in development/research.

Social Media

YouTube

Twitter

Facebook

Meetups

Ethereum’s website has linked to Meetups you can find and attend in your area! There are about 1,900 meetups about Ethereum around the world. If you are looking for a local community of people to connect with about Ethereum, in person, definitely check this out and find one near you!

Going further: ERC20 tokens & projects implementing them

Now that you know about Ethereum, check out some of the amazing projects begin built on blockchain. Our ERC20 page has more specific projects (like Augur or Gnosis prediction markets) that are being built upon Ethereum’s platform.

This page also explains what ERC20 is, and how tokens comply with it. It also have resources for each project so you can dive deeper into them if you want!