Ethereum: New kid on the block
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.
Ethereum StackExchange is the foremost place to ask and answer technical questions related to Ethereum, EVM, Smart Contracts, Solidity programming language, gas and more.
Github: Ethereum’s Source Code
Github has Ethereum’s source code available to check out.
Ethercasts Dapp List
Dapp List by Ethercasts is a comprehensive decentralized application status board for a variety of projects built on the Ethereum blockchain.
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.
Invest in Blockchain – What is Ethereum? Everything you need to know, explained!
Invest in Blockchain has a great, in-depth article explaining what Ethereum is, the history of the project, the different components that make it function, and even some how-to’s! They also review some of the challenges Ethereum faces, and advantages and disadvantages to their blockchain project. Check out their “What is Ethereum?” post here!
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.
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!