New bitcoin programming language developed by the bitcoin developers Pieter Wuille, Sanket Kanjalkar, and Andrew Poelstra was created in order to improve bitcoin transactions to become more versatile and we take a closer look in the coming altcoin news today.
Announced back on August 19th to the bitcoin developer mailing list, Miniscript relies on the simple smart contract language that is already usable in Bitcoin and Script to extend the conditional possibilities around bitcoin payments with a mixture of hash locks, signatures and time lock as Wuille explained:
‘’It’s a language for writing (a subset of) Bitcoin Scripts in a structured way, enabling analysis, composition, generic signing and more.’’
Wuille added that Miniscript was ‘’ designed for Bitcoin as it exists today’’ with no consensus changes were necessary to use it and the developers even stated that they even planned to ‘’support future script changes Bitcoin may include’’ as to evolve with the blockchain technology. Wuille later pointed out on Twitter that the new language could eventually be implemented into the Bitcoin Core repository if the Bitcoin community agreed to do it:
“I’ll work on incorporating parts of this in Bitcoin Core if that’s desired (I believe it could be very useful), but ideally it gets included in many pieces of wallet technology.’’
The developers created a policy compiler for Miniscript and among other things tool will let the users get an idea for when the conditional bitcoin transactions will be spent. Pieter Wuille and Andrew Poelstra that worked on the new bitcoin programming language is now the rockstar developers in the Bitcoin community because they already built the new language but also because the technology they’re still working on something that could shape the future of bitcoin for the next few years. Some of the tech includes other developments such as Schnorr Signatures and Taproot which are an efficient algorithm for cryptographic signatures and the other one will make bitcoin smart contract transactions private by making them look like normal transactions.
As noted in the latest cryptocurrency news, Wuille noted that the project wasn’t directly related to Taproot but did provide the participating developers with new insights on how to improve the script language itself:
“It’s also mostly unrelated to our work on Taproot, as Miniscript works with Bitcoin as it exists today. Of course, working on Miniscript did teach us a bunch of things about script that inform designs for future improvements to Script, and Miniscript can be extended as needed.”
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