Developer Resources

Bitcoin is more than just open-source paypal. Its programmable money. Not just int he sense of the code or protocol itself but everything in the eco-system around it. This page is just a brief list of some of the resources currently being developed around bitcoin which allow for interesting concepts to be build using bitcoin and on top of the protocol.

Bitcore – Bitcore is an open source JavaScript library

Developed by Bitpay, one of the largest payment processing ventures currently operating in the bitcoin space, Bitcore is an open source JavaScript library for doing anything you can imagine with the Bitcoin protocol. It is designed to run server side on node.js or client side in a web browser and interact with a trusted bitcoin node (i.e. a bitcoind instance). An example of a project created with bitcore is Insight, an open-source blockexplorer. Check out both and see what you can build with it.

BitcoinJ – Bitcoin Java implementation

bitcoinj is a Java implementation of the Bitcoin protocol, which allows it to maintain a wallet and send/receive transactions without needing a local copy of Bitcoin Core. It comes with full documentation and some example apps showing how to use the library. An example of how to use is is provided here which shows how to write a simple app that forwards any money it receives.

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