[Bitcoin-development] Adding callback hooks to the satoshi client

Matt Corallo bitcoin-list at bluematt.me
Thu Mar 22 05:24:11 UTC 2012

I spent some time changing the internal bitcoin code to use callback
hooks, but its far from complete (or even really usable from anything
other than the code in the satoshi client itself, it doesnt even have
any deregister methods!).  As it sits now, it is likely to get more
eyeballs and merged for 0.7.  If you need additional specific callbacks,
adding them would be cool, though I wouldn't recommend relying on the
blockstore API to remain even remotely stable for the foreseeable



On Wed, 2012-03-21 at 22:13 -0700, Eric Lombrozo wrote:
> Hey, guys.
> I've been writing a number of apps that require realtime event
> notifications, where the JSON-RPC API clearly doesn't suffice.
> There are two approaches I've been taking to this end:
> 1) Writing my own library for dealing with raw bitcoin structures and
> connecting to bitcoin nodes via the bitcoin protocol.
> 2) Making custom builds of the satoshi client putting callback hooks
> in key points.
> Neither of these two approaches is ideal. (1) involves a lot of code
> duplication, (2) involves patching the satoshi client source
> each time I grab a later version, with the everpresent risk of
> something breaking and the need to continue maintaining these patches.
> Moreover, unfortunately many of these key points happen to be in files
> like main.cpp which see frequent changes.
> I would like to propose adding these callback hooks to the main
> branch. I am willing to help locate these key points, reorganize the
> code
> to place these methods in separate source files, define a callback
> mechanism, and contribute source code.
> -Eric Lombrozo

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