Blockchain-executable code

Balaji (@balajis) describes his take on limiting blockchain-executable code in a tweetstorm.

On the other hand, this really does make one question (again) whether full Turing completeness is desirable in a blockchain itself.

My take is: eventually we’ll try to limit blockchain-executable code as much as possible to just the most necessary primitives.

That might be something intermediate between Bitcoin opcodes and Solidity. But most program logic probably should be outside the blockchain.

Thesis: the only things you want in a blockchain language are tools to update distributed state. Everything else should be outside.

A blockchain is a special type of database. So perhaps we eventually build a BQL. A SQL subset or augmentation, just for distributed state.

Our school of thought with 21: make Bitcoin micropayments easy, but keep all other logic in Python.

I agree with almost everything here - It’s important to realize that if the blockchain becomes the filesystem of the web, then execution permissions will matter more. Keeping code-based logic out of the blockchain allows us to streamline development and stick to what I think is one of the most important principles in UNIX: One tool for one job.

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