A new bitcoin-focused development framework for Mac and iOS developers has been announced. The framework, called BitcoinKit.Framework, is open source and provides an application programming interface (API) to developers. This will in turn speed up development time of bitcoin apps for Apple products.
For those who have never written a computer program, a framework is essentially an extension to an established programming language. It does so by providing a library of functions that are not part of the original language, but perform regularly used tasks for a given type of end product. It thus saves programmers from metaphorically reinventing the wheel.
If you're a developer interested in using this framework in your application, you can grab the source code from https://github.com/grabhive/BitcoinKit.
The real potential of this framework is that it opens the way to non-Java, i.e. natively coded, simple payment verification (SPV) clients. Java has been in the news a lot recently as it has suffered numerous security vulnerabilities, and Oracle has been pushing much more frequent updates in an attempt to keep things under control. Therefore, getting bitcoin applications away from that platform is desirable.
When asked whether SPV features would be added to the development framework, it was confirmed that such features are planned.
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