[Bitcoin-development] Where do I start?

Jorge Timón jtimon at jtimon.cc
Thu Apr 30 10:28:05 UTC 2015

Well, if you're interested in learning java while learning bitcoin,
probably you should be looking at https://github.com/bitcoinj/bitcoinj
or one of its related project (like the android bitcoin wallet based
on it).
There's a getting sterted page: https://bitcoinj.github.io/#getting-started

These links my be useful too:


On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:35 AM, Telephone Lemien
<lemientelephone at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm a beginner in Bitcoin and I want to know, what are things those allo me
> to understand Bitcoin protocol and make progress in java to become a good
> developper.
> Please tell me how I can begin.
> Best regards
> 2015-04-30 10:08 GMT+02:00 Jorge Timón <jtimon at jtimon.cc>:
>> As Mike says it depends on your interests. But one thing that is almost
>> always welcomed is improving the tests, and it is unlikely that it conflicts
>> with other people's PRs (unless they're changing that part of the code and
>> need to update those tests. Improving documentation is also good and you can
>> do that while reading the code. Usually I just start cloning, compiling and
>> changing things as I read, "if I understand this correctly, this change
>> should not break the tests, if I understand this, this other change should
>> break the build", etc.
>> But again, is up to you.
>> On Apr 16, 2015 2:34 PM, "Mike Hearn" <mike at plan99.net> wrote:
>>> Hey Gabe,
>>> That's diving into the deep end for sure! :)
>>>> What are some current things that are lacking in Bitcoin core? Or am I
>>>> better off making something else for the ecosystem?
>>> That depends on your interests.
>>> Many of the highest priority tasks in Bitcoin Core are rather
>>> complicated, unfortunately, even for people with experience. You can consult
>>> the issue tracker to get a feel for it.
>>> Alternatively, there are lots of wallet apps out there and plenty of more
>>> straightforward projects on them. However they may have less of a research
>>> flavour.
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