HelloBlock makes Bitcoin web implementation easier

Wednesday 14 May 2014

As bitcoin awareness and adoption are growing, finding ways to implement relevant features has become increasingly important.

For desktop applications, this isn’t much of an issue. The existing bitcoin development tools accommodate the desktop-oriented development process very well; however more websites are seeing a need to implement bitcoin protocol functionality. With this purpose in mind enters, HelloBlock. Daniel Mestre takes a look:

Hello Block review on BitScanHelloBlock is a RESTful JavaScript API designed for the purpose of implementing bitcoin protocol features in a more streamlined and easier way. Normally when setting up such functionality, one must first familiarize themselves with the bitcoin daemon and familiarize themselves with how it works in detail. This takes valuable time that could be spent on developing websites and applications, rather it is spent on laying the foundation for development.

Not only that, but testing features and the like cannot be done in a harmless environment like the Bitcoin Testnet. However, with HelloBlock, you can easily implement bitcoin protocol features with simple JavaScript method calls, focus more on developing such features, and test them freely on a the Testnet bitcoin protocol. The REST architecture is also a nice feature because it’s relatively simpler to use compared to a non-RESTful API.

If you’re a developer who is interested in delving into bitcoin development, there is a good amount of documentation here. They also have their source code posted on their github page if you’d like to begin tinkering with it.

I find this to be an interesting and important innovation mostly due to the fact it addresses something that people wouldn’t immediately notice. As more people enter the bitcoin space, it’s possible that more apps and such will spring up to accommodate them. As such, developers are going to find themselves having to learn how to implement bitcoin functionality in various ways. If doing so is unreasonably difficult, they will be less inclined to spend the time and effort learning to do so, resulting in potentially lower quality bitcoin-related apps and services for people to use.

Making the development process just a little easier, much like HelloBlock is doing, is a step in the right direction. So whether you are a seasoned web developer or just starting out, the HelloBlock API is definitely worth taking a look at if you’re just getting into bitcoin web app creation.

Daniel Mestre

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