This primer contains a series of tutorials explaining IPFS, Merkle Trees and the Decentralized Web. It's written and maintained as a gitbook so people can read it in many formats.
The GitHub repository for this book is at https://github.com/ipfs-shipyard/ipfs-primer.
During these tutorials, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the IPFS forums or in the #ipfs channel on chat.freenode.net. We have a large, active community who use these venues as our main places to seek support and to provide it.
The primer contains tutorials about
Cryptographic Hashes and Content Addressability
Turning Files into Trees
Turning any Data into Trees
Publishing hashes on the DHT
Getting data from the Peer to Peer Network
Immutability: "Changes" as additions to the tree
Authenticated Streams (with pubsub)
Each tutorial is a set of lessons that all use a format inspired by the Railsbridge Curriculum. Each lesson declares a set of Goals, or learning objectives, then lists the Steps, or activities, and finally provides an Explanation that reviews what you've done and connects those activities to the lesson's stated Goals. The format for each lesson looks like this:
For a concise explanation of Learning Objectives (which we're calling Goals in this book), read UC Denver's Assessment & Instructional Alignment Tutorial. Try to make your learning objectives Specific, observable and measurable and heed their tip to use the list of verbs in the taxonomy table worksheet to help you choose observable behaviors for your course learning objectives.
To build the HTML, PDF, epub and mobi versions of the book with one command, run
Contributors to those original docs included
plus a long list of contributors to the examples repository.