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It is pleasure to be part of this community.

I am doing University project, which is aiming to use blockchain technology to host and store voting event and then evaluate the security and performance. The plan I am thinking of is to get Ethereum source code and run it on virtual machines then create an application to act as an user which is trying to vote. I have some basic coding knowledge but can you guys give me some information of where to start, which tools to use, is it possible at all?

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To run a local test version of Ethereum, use Ganache. http://truffleframework.com/ganache/

It will create you a running Ethereum blockchain and a few accounts out of the box, no config needed. It also tracks all transactions and creates logs. Very helpful indeed.

Caveat: at this precise moment in time, it is not super stable. But it should definitely serve the purposes of dev and testing!

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    Thank you too. I will be working on this during this week and will see how it goes. – Nick May 28 '18 at 11:48
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running Ganache is fairly easy, another option is to run your own private ethereum blockchain with GETH

I did this same experiment on a VM and wrote a post about it hope it would help building a private ethereum blockchain

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  • Thanks alot I will give it a go this week and will keep you updated. Have a great day! – Nick May 28 '18 at 11:47

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