Is there a tool like Ethereum EVM at present? Users can write bitcoin scripts in a syntax just like python(or like other programming language); through this tool, they can be translated into bitcoin original scripts; it sounds like a new programming language has been invented.

In my opinion, Bitcoin script programming is based on reverse Polish expression; this is not friendly to programmers;

In fact, Bitcoin's opcode expression ability is very rich, and it may be unfriendly, which has affected the promotion of Bitcoin in the technical community.

  • I agree with Murch. Would like to add: You don't need EVM for programming languages that helps in easier bitcoin scripting. EVM helps in parallel processing and even that can be achieved without EVM: link.medium.com/DKaOm7hxYib
    – user103136
    Aug 24, 2021 at 6:07
  • @Prayank sorry sir, Maybe I misled you by using EVM; indeed, what I want to know is whether there is a bitcoin script compiler that allows programmers to write scripts in a high-level language programming mode; this question may be more appropriate;
    – Yihen
    Aug 24, 2021 at 6:16
  • As Murch says below, check out Miniscript (encoding of Script), Policy or Minsc for a higher level language for writing scripts. Best resource on Miniscript and Policy is bitcoin.sipa.be/miniscript. Best resource on Minsc is min.sc Aug 24, 2021 at 8:33
  • @MichaelFolkson AGREE about best resource points.
    – Yihen
    Aug 24, 2021 at 9:32
  • FYI, EVM is also reverse Polish notation, although there exist compilers from higher-level languages. The same is possible in principle for bitcoin script, although by design, only a very restricted subset of the things that are possible with EVM are possible with bitcoin script.
    – James_pic
    Aug 24, 2021 at 12:50

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People creating smart contracts on a cryptocurrency network are designing cryptographic protocols—frankly, it might be a good thing if not every JavaScript programmer takes a go at that. Bitcoin does not have a virtual machine, but there are Miniscript, Minsc, or Sapio as higher level languages that translate to script. Additionally, there is an on-going development effort with Simplicity as a language specifically engineered to express smart contracts with provable outcomes.

And if you insist on EVM, check out RSK.

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    nit: Simplicity isn't a higher level language that translates to Script. It is a low level potential replacement for Script. But the point about not needing to interact with Script directly is what you're getting at. Aug 24, 2021 at 7:37
  • Thanks, good point, I've updated my answer.
    – Murch
    Aug 24, 2021 at 18:04

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