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7. Bitcoin Script

Harris Brakmić1 
Troisdorf, Germany

In this chapter we will learn about the core element of Bitcoin, the language called Script. Script is an embedded programming language that runs inside every Bitcoin node and is responsible for processing transactions. Unlike most other programming languages, it wasn’t designed upfront with formalized grammar and syntax. Instead of using a proper notation technique like Backus-Naur1 to describe its syntax, Script was hard-coded in the very first version of Bitcoin.

Script, the Programming Language

Whenever we talk about sending or receiving funds in Bitcoin’s network, what ...

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