Quick Start – Advanced Features

Contructors #

Sometimes, you’ll want to setup a particular state at the start of the smart contract. Imagine that you want to mint a certain amount of tokens to the creator of the smart contract.

To do so, you can provide a @construct decorator on top of a single method. This method will then be executed when the contract is submitted.

def token():
    balances = Hash()

    def mint():
        balances['stu'] = 100

If you want to provide arguments to the constructor, you can easily do so like so.

def token():
    balances = Hash()

    def mint(owner: str):
        balances[owner] = 100

Now you have to submit the contract and pass the arguments at submission time. Read more about this in the ‘methods’ section in ‘Key Concepts’.

c = ContractingClient()
c.submit(token, constructor_args={
    'owner': 'stu'

Context #

As you create more advanced smart contracts, you’ll need a way to know who is sending the transaction or calling a method. This is where context comes into play. ctx.caller is a variable that is available in all smart contracts on default. It tells you who is calling the method.

ctx.caller changes to ‘whoever’ is calling the current method. Therefore, if a smart contract calls a method on another smart contract, the name of the caller is changed. ctx.caller is now the name of the calling smart contract while the method is executing. ctx.caller changes back when the scope is returned.

def token():
    balances = Hash()

    def mint():
        balances[ctx.caller] = 100

c = ContractingClient(signer='stu')

t = c.get_contract('token')

>> 100

There are three other context variables that are explained in Key Concepts.

Imports #

Complex contracts will need to import methods from other smart contracts. You can import any smart contract by using the import keyword. The entire contract is available for you to call. Any @export method is now available for your contract to call. When you call a method on this imported contract, the ctx.caller will change to the name of your smart contract.

def magic():
    def return_ctx:
        return ctx.caller

def another_contract():
    import magic

    def call_magic():
        return magic.return_ctx()

c = ContractingClient(signer='stu')

ac = c.get_contract('another_contract')
>> 'another_contract'

Much deeper levels of importing can be accomplished as well. Read the Key Concepts for more.

Updated on February 3, 2021
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