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Intermediate Level

Knowledge of at least one modern, high-level programming language is required, as well as completion of the course titled, "Blockchain Basics".

Hours to complete

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 ½ hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    This second course of the Blockchain specialization will help you design, code, deploy and execute a smart contract.

Skills you will gain

CryptocurrencyBlockchainSoliditySmart ContractRemix IDE
Specialization

Course 2 of 4 in the

100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Knowledge of at least one modern, high-level programming language is required, as well as completion of the course titled, "Blockchain Basics".

Hours to complete

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 ½ hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Smart Contract Basics

The purpose of this module is to introduce the reasons for a smart contract and its critical role in transforming blockchain technology from enabling decentralized systems. We will explore the structure and basic concepts of a smart contract through examples, and illustrate Remix (remix.ethereum.org) web IDE for deploying and interacting with a smart contract....
Reading
5 videos (Total 33 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
Video5 videos
Smart Contracts Defined (Part 1) (Remix IDE and Greeter Demos)7m
Smart Contracts Defined (Part 2) (Simple Storage Demo)5m
Processing Smart Contracts (Compile Artifacts Demo)4m
Deploying Smart Contracts4m
Reading5 readings
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Why Smart Contracts?10m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Smart Contracts Defined10m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Processing Smart Contracts10m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Deploying Smart Contracts10m
REQUIRED Quiz Resources and Directions: Smart Contract Basics - Week10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Smart Contract Basics30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Solidity

Our goal is to master the basics of Solidity, a high-level language that is a combination of Javascript, Java and C++. It is specially designed to write smart contracts and to target the Ethereum Virtual Machine. Learners will be able to follow demonstrations and practice using Solidity....
Reading
7 videos (Total 47 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
Video7 videos
Basic Data Types & Statements (Bidder Data & Functions Demos)6m
Specific Data Types (Part 1) (Coin Demo)6m
Specific Data Types (Part 2) (Coin Demo cont.)2m
Data Structures (Part 1) (BallotV1 Demo)10m
Data Structures (Part 2) (StateTransV2 Demo)7m
Access Modifiers & Applications7m
Reading5 readings
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Solidity: Structure10m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Basic Data Types & Statements10m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Specific Data Types10m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Data Structures30m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Access Modifiers & Applications10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Self-Check4m
Self-Check8m
Self-Check6m
Self-Check4m
Self-Check4m
Solidity - Week 230m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Putting it all Together

This module focuses on the development of the Ballot smart contract incrementally to illustrate various features including time dependencies, validation outside the function code using access modifiers, asserts and require declarations, and event logging. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 36 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
Video8 videos
Time Elements (Part 1)4m
Time Elements (Part 2) (BallotV2 Demo)6m
Time Elements (Part 3)2m
Validation & Test (Part 1) (BallotV3 Demo)7m
Validation & Test (Part 2) (BallotV4 Demo)3m
Client Applications2m
Practitioner's Perspective: Shared Rules & Trust3m
Reading4 readings
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Developing Smart Contracts5m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Time Elements5m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Validation & Test15m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Client Applications15m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Self-Check6m
Self-Check6m
Self-Check4m
Self-Check4m
Putting It All Together - Week 330m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Best Practices

This module will focus on best practices including evaluating whether a blockchain-based solution is suitable for your problem, designing Solidity smart contracts, and those relating to Remix IDE....
Reading
3 videos (Total 16 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Designing Smart Contracts7m
Remix Web IDE3m
Reading4 readings
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Best Practices10m
(MANDATORY READING) Addendum: Solidity Version10m
Assignment Description10m
Smart Contracts: Key Takeaways10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Best Practices- Week 420m
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Top Reviews

By AANov 16th 2018

Good course, well explained for beginners. Along with the course, pay attention to reading section especially referred youtube course of solidity for more examples.

By AGSep 19th 2018

Exactly the right level, i'd expect. Not a course to learn how to be a programmer, yet enough info to have a basic understanding of smart contract and Solidity.

Instructor

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Bina Ramamurthy

Teaching Professor
Computer Science and Engineering Department

About University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo (UB) is a premier, research-intensive public university and the largest, most comprehensive institution of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. UB offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and nearly 300 graduate and professional programs....

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About the Blockchain Specialization

This specialization introduces blockchain, a revolutionary technology that enables peer-to-peer transfer of digital assets without any intermediaries, and is predicted to be just as impactful as the Internet. More specifically, it prepares learners to program on the Ethereum blockchain. The four courses provide learners with (i) an understanding and working knowledge of foundational blockchain concepts, (ii) a skill set for designing and implementing smart contracts, (iii) methods for developing decentralized applications on the blockchain, and (iv) information about the ongoing specific industry-wide blockchain frameworks. The specialization covers a range of essential topics, from the cryptographic underpinnings of blockchain technology to enabling decentralized applications on a private Ethereum blockchain platform. It is ideal for programmers and designers involved in developing and implementing blockchain applications, and anyone who is interested in understanding its potential....
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