Smart Contracts: The Working Parts

Jul 25, 2016 · 14 min read
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B&H Tools, Mountain View, CA, 1969 —© and permission to use granted by: Mountain View Public Library History Center

Tooling Up to write smart contracts — 2016 Edition

Table of Contents


brew tap ethereum/ethereum
brew install ethereum
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Ethereum CLI tools install for Mac Users
> geth --fast --cache=1024 --testnet --rpc --rpccorsdomain '*' console --testnet means "run on the testnet"
--rpc means "listen for rpc commands that come from outside"
--rpccorsdomain '*' "allow cross origin requests from anywhere (like the solidity compiler running on"
--fast "download big ass chunks of blockchain to go faster"
--cache=1024 "use tons of RAM to go faster"
'console' means launch an interactive geth console
> geth attach
Fatal: Unable to attach to remote geth: dial unix /Users/you/Library/Ethereum/geth.ipc: connect: no such file or directory
geth attach ipc:/Users/you/Library/Ethereum/testnet/geth.ip
geth --fast --cache=1024 --testnet --rpc --rpccorsdomain '*' console 2>> geth.log
bash-3.2$ echo "geth --testnet --rpc --rpccorsdomain '*' console" > ~/bin/
bash-3.2$ chmod +x ~/bin/
personal.unlockAccount("0x9bcd2d4f8dddea8f4ff303fe2052fc134b655c8a", "your_password")
var me = eth.accounts[0];
> personal. <hit tab>
personal.listAccounts personal.newAccount personal.unlockAccount
cd ~/Library/Ethereum/keystore/
ls -la
tar cvzf oldkeys.tgz *
openssl aes-256-cbc -a -salt -in oldkeys.tgz -out oldkeys.tgz.enc
rm UTC*
rm oldkeys.tgz
mv oldkeys.tgz.enc ~/place_I_store_encrypted_stuff_that_gets_backed_up
> I0802 22:01:40.381033    5591 downloader.go:288] Block synchronisation started
I0802 22:01:44.057910 5591 blockchain.go:889] imported 192 header(s) (0 ignored) in 1.148585631s. #192 [4be46f27… / e46144f5…]
I0718 18:57:19.859391 43671 blockchain.go:1251] imported 1 block(s) (0 queued 0 ignored) including 0 txs in 4.389402ms. #1333027 [2f0e3825 / 2f0e3825]
ports: {
discovery: 30303,
listener: 30303
I0718 19:27:02.221854 45253 ethash.go:252] Generating DAG: 96%
I0718 19:27:08.514340 45253 ethash.go:252] Generating DAG: 97%
I0718 19:27:14.770954 45253 ethash.go:252] Generating DAG: 98%
I0718 19:38:53.697866 45253 worker.go:569] commit new work on block 1333201 with 1 txs &amp; 0 uncles. Took 44.675404ms
I0718 19:46:48.537178 39568 worker.go:348] :hammer: Mined block (#1333236 / 065dff46). Wait 5 blocks for confirmation
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Cool…unicode has a pickaxe!
> eth.getBalance(me)
> personal.unlockAccount(me)
Unlock account 9bcd2d4f8dddea8f4ff303fe2052fc134b655c8a
contract HelloWorld{
string public message;
function setMessage(string newMessage){
message = newMessage;
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Pasting into the online solidity compiler
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Solidity Environment Tab
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Successful contract creation
var helloWorld = eth.contract(YOUR INTERFACE STRING).at(YOUR CONTRACT ADDRESS)
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Where to find the interface string for your contract.
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Finding the contract address string
var helloWorld = eth.contract([{"constant":false,"inputs":[{"name":"newMessage","type":"string"}],"name":"setMessage","outputs":[],"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"message","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"string"}],"type":"function"}]
> helloWorld
address: "0xafebc7b4b1d0d8bef87c20d9ed6b1739589a6a69",
allEvents: function(),
message: function(),
setMessage: function()
helloWorld.setMessage.sendTransaction("Greetings Blockchain", {from: eth.accounts[0]})
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The online solidity compiler is awesome.
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Viewing your contract and it’s transactions in a blockchain browser

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