Developers of the most popular bitcoin implementation software have big dreams of crafting a truly global form of money, and as such, you can say they have a lot on their plates. The breadth of their to-do lists was easy to see at a recent annual meeting in New York, where, in a change of pace from the internet channels they’re known to frequent, many of the software’s most-active developers come together to coordinate.

In a conversation transcribed by contributor Bryan Bishop, they discussed a mish-mash of code priorities for the coming year, giving a peek into how the team makes decisions and the technical hurdles they hope to jump next. Though not all developers were in attendance, the transcript provides an inside look into the near-term focus of a few key developers, including long-time Bitcoin Core contributors Pieter Wuille, Matt Corallo and Cory Fields.

It also provided a look behind the scenes, where contributors are toiling away on an array of changes to the code that now secures more than $147 billion. Indeed, much of the conversation centered on touching up the way the team reviews and adds new code.

One major pain point is that, while developers are submitting tons of code changes, there are only so many developers knowledgeable enough to battletest them for bugs, ensuring they’re ready to be added to the code securing so much money. “As a reviewer, there’s no way I’m going to get through all of this and it’s actively discouraging,” one developer said.

Some code changes are even getting lost due to the load. Another developer even went so far as to call the growing list of proposed changes “a dead graveyard of cool ideas.” Read more from…

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