Since it launched in 2018, Developer Services has hosted technical documentation for developers to browse. Now, to ensure access to the most up-to-date code, we’re pointing users directly to SDKs and other resources through a new toolkit directory.
In true open-source style, we’re inviting community members to help us list the most useful resources available in this directory. Plus, we’re also sharing our own APIs and other resources to give developers easy access to even more handy tools.
Resources that just keep getting better
Firstly, we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to existing Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash resources so far. From scripts and SDKs to libraries and scaffolds, the support now available to developers is extensive.
As these toolkits evolve, developers need to have access to the latest releases. Otherwise, they’re missing out on valuable upgrades that could make their projects even better.
A new toolkit directory to keep code fresh
Our team is always busy onboarding new users to Bitcoin Cash by making products (like the recently-rebuilt Bitcoin.com Wallet) more user-friendly. And, with so many developer resources being updated so often, the space is simply moving too fast for us to maintain alone.
That’s why, as Bitcoin Cash approaches its third anniversary, we’re revamping Developer Services to promote the latest developments in the space. Rather than listing the tech specs (which quickly become outdated) on our site, we’ll now point developers directly to the resources themselves through a new toolkit directory.
How will we decide what’s listed?
Keeping in line with the open-source nature of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, we’re inviting community members like you to help us decide which resources will be listed in the toolkit directory.
We will periodically reach out to the community, inviting you to make suggestions for developer resources that need adding (or removing) depending on how well they’re being maintained.
Our own product APIs and more
On top of hosting the toolkit directory on Developer Services, we’ll also be sharing Bitcoin.com product APIs and other resources for developers to use. These include:
- Bitcoin.com Link: an easy way to help users interact with your web app directly inside the Bitcoin.com Wallet. Build more user friendly web apps and open up your project to millions of new users.
- Bitcoin.com SLP Indexer: a service that listens to the Bitcoin Cash blockchain for SLP-token transactions. When it finds an SLP transaction, it will parse, validate and save it in the database for quick and easy access.
- Bitcoin.com Explorer API: a service that serves blockchain data for Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin. Find address details like balances, total coins sent, and total coins received, and dig deeper into blocks and transactions.
- Simple Ledger Light (built with Bitcoin.com): a lightweight library for creating SLP-token transactions. It has a few exposed methods to make sure it’s as easy as possible to create a token transaction, hiding all complexity from the user.
And soon, we’ll also be adding the Bitcoin.com Markets API: a simple way to access real-time blockchain data. Fetch the latest prices for Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and other coins and tokens. Plus, get trading data like volume for popular exchanges.
Happy developers, happy community
We hope you’re excited to be involved with Developer Services and look forward to seeing which developer resources you all love to use! Keep an eye on our Twitter channel to get involved in the first toolkit directory community vote.