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Bitcoin #2

lucasleecr opened this issue Sep 26, 2018 · 0 comments

Bitcoin #2

lucasleecr opened this issue Sep 26, 2018 · 0 comments


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@lucasleecr lucasleecr commented Sep 26, 2018

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Which release/version did you read?

0.1.5. (

Why it is a good project to read?

  • Written by Satoshi Nakamoto!
  • First implementation of blockchain. A lot of cryptocurrencies are forked from it.
  • Concise - only 9k lines of source files and 6k lines of header files.
  • Most of the code is still relevant today.

Starting point

ui.cpp ( This is where the initialization happens when a bitcoin application starts.

Reading order

  • Bitcoin address
  • Transaction
  • Mining
  • P2P network
  • Blockchain and consensus

Interesting parts

Almost everything. It was an innovation.

Any parts should be skipped?

  • Bitcoin features that were experimental. This includes: using IRC to find peer addresses (in irc.cpp and irc.h), marketplace/product/review (market.cpp and market.h), and sending bitcoins to an IP address. Code related to GUI.

Other tips

  • Just get started. Don't try to read a lot of theories about bitcoin before you start. The code is pretty clear. Only look up an unfamiliar concept when needed (like merkel tree).
  • Don't be afraid to skip code. For example, the algorithm to select the UTXO is very long but can be safely skipped Focus on the concept and workflow.
  • Don't try to compile the project because it's a very old release and requires old dependencies too.

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@lucasleecr lucasleecr changed the title Bitcoin (0.1.5) Bitcoin Sep 26, 2018
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