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Python And Ethereum: Pyethereum/pyethapp

Python And Ethereum: Pyethereum/pyethapp

Written by Ivo van der Wijk on June 9, 2016, 5:04 p.m. For a project I'm working on I want to be able to create smart contracts and transactions from Python. There are several ways to do this, and pyethereum with pyethapp is one of the ways. And since Python is awesome, why not chose a fully Python based solution? Pyethereum is the Python core library for Ethereum. To be honest, I'm not sure what this means and the README isn't very clear either. I assume it provides the basic classes and routines for interacting with Ethereum, but it's unclear if it's capable by itself to download a blockchain and what API it provides. Pyethapp is a "python based client implementing the Ethereum cryptoeconomic state machine", Since it leverages Pyethereum and pydevp2p for p2p networking, I assume that means that by itself Pyethereum won't download the blockchain. So Pyethapp is probably a good choice to start hacking with Python and Ethereum. And then there's Serpent . It's a Python-like language for writing smart contracts. General advise seems to be though to use Solidity in stead since it's the most mature so that's what I'll stick to, even with pyethereum. Installing pyethapp is pretty simple. Just pip install it in a (python2.7) virtualenv. You may need some additional tooling/libraries, I already had those installed. After installing I wanted to connect pyethapp to the testnet because I already have some testing data / ether there, and the download should be much faster than the production network. You can do this by invoking pyethapp as follows $ pyethapp --profile morden --data-dir ../state run Where, in my case, ../state points to a place to store the blockchain data. Pyethapp will look for peers to connect to and while doing this it will spit out confusing warnings. I've lea Continue reading >>

Serpent Features | Ethereum Builder's Guide

Serpent Features | Ethereum Builder's Guide

Serpent is one of the high-level programming languages used to write Ethereum contracts. The language, as suggested by its name, is designed to be very similar to Python; it is intended to be maximally clean and simple, combining many of the efficiency benefits of a low-level language with ease-of-use in programming style, and at the same time adding special domain-specific features for contract programming. The latest version of the Serpent compiler, available on github , is written in C++, allowing it to be easily included in any client. This tutorial assumes basic knowledge of how Ethereum works, including the concept of blocks, transactions, contracts and messages and the fact that contracts take a byte array as input and provide a byte array as output. If you do not, then go here for a basic tutorial. The important differences between Serpent and Python are: Python numbers have potentially unlimited size, Serpent numbers wrap around 2256. For example, in Serpent the expression 3^(2^254) suprisingly evaluates to 1, even though in reality the actual integer is too large to be recorded in its entirety within the universe. Serpent has no list comprehensions (expressions like [x**2 for x in my_list]), dictionaries or most other advanced features Serpent has no concept of first-class functions. Contracts do have functions, and can call their own functions, but variables (except storage) do not persist across calls. Serpent has a concept of persistent storage variables Serpent has an extern statement used to call functions from other contracts Continue reading >>

Serpent Ethereum/wiki Wiki Github

Serpent Ethereum/wiki Wiki Github

The important differences between Serpent and Python are: Python numbers have potentially unlimited size, Serpent numbers wrap around 2256. For example, in Serpent the expression 3^(2^254) suprisingly evaluates to 1, even though in reality the actual integer is too large to be recorded in its entirety within the universe. Serpent has no list comprehensions (expressions like [x**2 for x in my_list]), dictionaries or most other advanced features Serpent has no concept of first-class functions. Contracts do have functions, and can call their own functions, but variables (except storage) do not persist across calls. Serpent has a concept of persistent storage variables (see below) Serpent has an extern statement used to call functions from other contracts (see below) In order to install the Serpent python library and executable do: $ git clone cd serpent$ git checkout develop$ make && sudo make install$ python setup.py install You can install pyethereum itself as well: $ git clone cd pyethereum$ git checkout develop$ pip install -r requirements.txt$ python setup.py install Now, let's write our first contract. Paste the following into a file called mul2.se: This contract is a simple two lines of code, and defines a function. Functions can be called either by transactions or by other contracts, and are the way that Serpent contracts provide an "interface" to other contracts and to transactions; for example, a contract defining a currency might have functions send(to, value) and check_balance(address). Additionally, the Pyethereum testing environment that we will be using simply assumes that data input and output are in this format. Now, let's try actually compiling the code. Type: $ serpent compile mul2.se604380600b600039604e567c0100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 Continue reading >>

A 101 Noob Intro To Programming Smart Contracts Onethereum

A 101 Noob Intro To Programming Smart Contracts Onethereum

A 101 Noob Intro to Programming Smart Contracts onEthereum Originally published at consensys.github.io/developers (where some of the code formatting might be easier to read). Some people say Ethereum is too logic-heavy and hard to use, but heres a write-up to give you a feel for building smart contracts and applications with it. Tools, wallets, applications and the ecosystem are still in development and itll get easier! Part I is an overview of key terms and discusses Ethereum Clients and Smart Contract Languages. Part II discusses overall workflow and some current DApp Frameworks and Tools and Part III is the Programming Part, a quick walkthrough of writing tests and building a DApp for a smart contract using Truffle. If youre new to all this cryptocurrency stuff, including Bitcoin and how it works, check out the first couple chapters of Andreas Antonopoulos Bitcoin Book to dip your toe in the water. Then head over to the Ethereum Whitepaper . If you start getting into some murky sections and would rather build something to get familiar first, then just read on. You dont have to understand all the crypto economic computer science to start building, and a lot of that paper is about Ethereums improvements over Bitcoins architecture. The official place to start is ethereum.org which has a starter tutorial and follow-up token and crowdsale tutorials. Theres also the official Solidity docs . Another good place to start with smart contracts (where I started) is dappsForBeginners , although it might be outdated. The goal of this write-up is to complement those tutorials and introduce some helpful dev tools that make starting out with Ethereum, smart contracts and building DApps (decentralized apps) easier. And to try to explain the overall flow of whats going on. This is fro Continue reading >>

The Python Ethereum Ecosystem

The Python Ethereum Ecosystem

Given the recent influx of new users to the Ethereum ecosystem it feels appropriate to give an update on the state of Ethereum tools for Python developers. The following tools sit at the top of the python stack, exposing high level interfaces and abstractions for application development and interaction with the Ethereum blockchain. Populus is a smart contract development framework. It can be used as a command line tool to compile and deploy your contracts as well as a python library for high level scripting and automation. The framework also includes tools that make testing your smart contracts simple and painless. Web3.py is a python library inspired by the original Javascript based web3 library. This library exposes a standard and familiar way to interact with the JSON-RPC interface exposed by Ethereum nodes. In addition, it exposes a number of common utilities such as Ethereum currency denomination conversions, a contract class for interacting with smart contracts, and encoding/decoding utilities. Eth-TestRPC: This is the Python implementation of the TestRPC server (not to be confused with the Javascript implementation). This can be run as either a command line tool or programmatically from your code to create a transient Ethereum blockchain that can be used for testing. PyEthApp: PyEthApp sits on top of the PyEthereum library as a full Ethereum node written in python. It has atrophied a bit in the last year due to a lack of active maintenance and development. While I do not believe that this application can be run as a viable full Ethereum node, there is work being done now to fix this. These lower level tools attempt to do one thing well. They are likely to prevent you from re-inventing the wheel as you develop your Ethereum applications. Ethereum Utils: This libr Continue reading >>

Ethereum Smart Contracts In Python: A Comprehensive(ish) Guide

Ethereum Smart Contracts In Python: A Comprehensive(ish) Guide

Astrophysicist, cofounder of @sempo. Were reinventing disaster response to make it efficient, systematic and transparent. Ethereum Smart Contracts in Python: a comprehensive(ish) guide Its one thing to get a basic smart contract up on Ethereum just google ERC20 Token Tutorial youll find plenty of information on how to do it. Interacting with a contract programmatically is another thing entirely, and if youre a Python coder, then tutorials are scarce. Fortunately for us, Version 4 of Web3.py has just been released, which means its now easier than ever to run a python script and watch as magical things happen on the blockchain. Spooky. A big shout out Piper Merriam , Jason Carver and all the others whove worked so on hard on Web3.py to make life easy for the rest of us at Sempo were using Ethereum to make Disaster Response more transparent, and its only really possible thanks to Web3.py. First we get set up, making sure we have the relevant python libraries installed and so-forth. Python libraries everywhere, but what are theyfor? There are plenty of python libraries related to Ethereum out there, but there are two that come up a lot when people talk about Ethereum: Web3.py and Pyethereum. At first glance its not obvious which one you should use for what. A Python implementation of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). The EVM, in turn is the part of the Ethereum protocol that actually runs the code in Smart Contracts and determines their outputs. So if you wanted to run an Ethereum node in Python, Pyethereum is a good place to start. Even if youre perfectly happy running your Smart Contracts without running your own node, Pyethereum is still a good library to have around it contains a bunch of functions that do useful things like calculate a users address from their priva Continue reading >>

Home Ethereum/wiki Wiki Github

Home Ethereum/wiki Wiki Github

This is the community-maintained wiki covering all sorts of information on the next-generation peer-to-peer technology platform Ethereum, as well as sister protocols such as Whisper and Swarm. Users signed in with GitHub can edit and add pages using the browser or locally . The fourth major live release of Ethereum aka Spurious Dragon was released in Nov 2016. Development continues towards the versions named Metropolis and Serenity (v1.1). Spurious Dragon is aiming for Dapp developers as well as end users for limited categories of applications, and has a number of security enhancements compared to previous versions, and the upcoming Metropolis is aiming to introduce various privacy and functionality improvements that are listed under the "Accepted EIPs" heading here . Serenity is meant to move from consensus through Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake . Further releases will focus on massive scalability increases through sharding as well as virtual machine improvements and other features. To get the basic concepts of Ethereum visit the Ethereum homepage over at . If you want to get a deeper understanding, start by reading the whitepaper and the design rationale . For a more formal review, read the yellow paper . Continue reading >>

Introduction To The Python-ethereum Ecosystem

Introduction To The Python-ethereum Ecosystem

Introduction to the Python-Ethereum ecosystem This post is targeted at developers who are interested in getting starteddeveloping on Ethereum using python. It's important to know what you are planning to build because Python may not bethe best choice for certain projects. If you are planning on building a user facing application that will run in abrowser then Python may not be the right choice for you. DApps that run in thebrowser are likely to benifit from a javascript toolchain so you may be betteroff looking into Embark or Truffle . One of the powerful features of a DApp that is written as pure HTML/JS/CSS isthat it can be completely serverless. Choosing python as part of your webtoolchain may anchor your application in the web2 world. Outside of the browser however, Python and Ethereum work very well together. The pyethereum library by VitalikButerin has been the base for most of the tooling that I've written in thePython ecosystem. If what you are looking to write deals with low level EVMinteractions then this library is a great place to start. When you want to actually interact with the blockchain from python you'llprobably want to use JSON-RPC . There are a fewpython client implementations to choose from. These two libraries provide a client for interacting with the JSON-RPCservice over either HTTP or an IPC Socket respectively. They can both act asdrop-in replacements for each other as they expose the same API over adifferent transport layer. To interact with contracts on the blockchain, you'll need to encode and decode the inputs and outputs according to the Ethereum Contract ABI .There are low level tools available for doing this using either ethereum-abi-utils .This library provides the abi encoding and decoding functionality availablefrom within the pyether Continue reading >>

Ethereum In Practice - Quick Start Guide

Ethereum In Practice - Quick Start Guide

Ive found Ethereum documentation to be very thorough. And yet,Ive found it hard to understand how to approach Ethereum in practice - connect to the network, developand debug of a contract, deploy it and actually use it. This is what this post / guide / tutorial, and few coming posts, are about.Straight and to the point. This post certainly doesnt cover the theory which is already well explained in the official documentation, butrather focuses on how to get one up and running in, really, few minutes; because it is really that simple when you know how. And also when you know some theory as well. So, if you didnt read the official documentation, please, do so. Thispost assumes that at the very least one knows what Ethereum is and how it works and what an account, an EOA, a contract, gas and transactions are ,and finally would like to put it all to practice. There is a bare minimum of basic theory below otherwise. Here, in this post, following subject are covered: Run a private network, create a contract and deploy it to Homestad Ethereum network is decentralized. It means that there is no central server and what is called ethereumclient (like eth or geth for example) is really a part of the network when it is online. The network is allclients altogether. You know BitTorrent, right? So this is kind of the same, but better. So, step #1 - install the client. Again, there is no single client, there are multiple to chose from. Ethereum isdescribed in a specification, and multiple clients exist all implementing it. But really, as of the time of thiswriting, the most popular is geth, which is my choice as well, and which is the one used throughout this post in theexamples. Install instructions depend on the OS, so Im just pointing to geth GitHub repository . If you see the geth Continue reading >>

Ethereum Development Tutorial

Ethereum Development Tutorial

The purpose of this page is to serve as an introduction to the basics of Ethereum that you will need to understand from a development standpoint, in order to produce contracts and decentralized applications. For a general introduction to Ethereum, see the white paper , and for a full technical spec see the yellow papers, although those are not prerequisites for this page; that is to say, this page is meant as an alternative introduction to Ethereum specifically targeted towards application developers. Ethereum is a platform that is intended to allow people to easily write decentralized applications (apps) using blockchain technology. A decentralized application is an application which serves some specific purpose to its users, but which has the important property that the application itself does not depend on any specific party existing. Rather than serving as a front-end for selling or providing a specific party's services, a app is a tool for people and organizations on different sides of an interaction used to come together without any centralized intermediary. Even necessary "intermediary" functions that are typically the domain of centralized providers, such as filtering, identity management, escrow and dispute resolution, are either handled directly by the network or left open for anyone to participate, using tools like internal token systems and reputation systems to ensure that users get access to high-quality services. Early examples of apps include BitTorrent for file sharing and Bitcoin for currency. Ethereum takes the primary developments used by BitTorrent and Bitcoin, the peer to peer network and the blockchain, and generalizes them in order to allow developers to use these technologies for any purpose. The Ethereum blockchain can be alternately described Continue reading >>

Build Your First Ethereum Smart Contract With Soliditytutorial

Build Your First Ethereum Smart Contract With Soliditytutorial

Finance & Tech Nerd, Investor, Blockchain & Crypto Enthusiast, Wannabe Polymath, Master of Discipline in Training, Laissez Faire. Talk Is Cheap. Build Your First Ethereum Smart Contract with Solidity Tutorial So you wanna build a smart contract? Perhaps you want to understand how they work, maybe you want to build your own Dapp, maybe you want to launch the very first billion dollar ICO (sarcasm)... Regardless of your intentions, learning how smart contracts work is invaluable. The Ethereum platform possesses enormous potential to create Dapps that could change the way we interact on the web in the decades to come. While Ethereum deploys smart contracts that work much like a standard blockchain transaction, they yield a conditional statement that must be met before a function(s) is executed. Smart contracts can be used for voting, crowdfunding, blind auctions, multi-signature wallets and MUCH more. Bob has his own scrap metal depot business in the United States, Eric is his iron scrap supplier. Eric is based out of China. Bob and Eric have a GREAT business relationship. They trust each other and have been doing business for a long time. Both have booming businesses, and Bob in particular sells out of iron scrap on a routine basis. Bob deploys a contract where once his iron scrap inventory reaches a certain range, he automatically sends an order out to Eric for X lbs of iron scrap at Y ether per ton. Eric agrees to the arrangement and accepts Bobs payment in ether right away. Eric gets to work right away and starts fulfilling Bobs order. Eric can exchange his ether at a local exchange online for Yuan for a tiny fee and itll be processed instantaneously. Whether Eric decides to hold ether or convert to Yuan is his choice, but either way he can now put this capital to wor Continue reading >>

An Introduction To Ethereum And Smart Contracts: A Programmable Blockchain

An Introduction To Ethereum And Smart Contracts: A Programmable Blockchain

An Introduction to Ethereum and Smart Contracts: a Programmable Blockchain Bitcoin took the world by surprise in the year 2009 and popularized the idea of decentralized secure monetary transactions. The concepts behind it, however, can be extended to much more than just digital currencies. Ethereum attempts to do that, marrying the power of decentralized transactions with a Turing-complete contract system. In this post we will take a closer look at how Ethereum works and what makes it different from Bitcoin and other blockchains. Read on! In our previous post , we took a closer look at what blockchains are and how they help in making distributed, verifiable transactions a possibility. Our main example was Bitcoin: the world's most popular cryptocurrency. Millions of dollars, in the form of bitcoins, are traded each day, making Bitcoin one of the most prominent examples of the viability of the blockchain concept. Have you ever found yourself asking this question: "what would happen if the provider of this service or application disappeared?" If you have, then learning about Ethereum can make a big difference for you. Ethereum is a platform to run decentralized applications: applications that do not rely on any central server. In this post we will explore how Ethereum works and build a simple PoC application related to authentication. A blockchain is a distributed, verifiable datastore. It works by marrying public-key cryptography with the nobel concept of the proof-of-work. Each transaction in the blockchain is signed by the rightful owner of the resource being traded in the transaction. When new coins (resources) are created they are assigned to an owner. This owner, in turn, can prepare new transactions that send those coins to others by simply embedding the new owner Continue reading >>

Ethereum Tutorial For Beginners - Ethereum Architecture | Edureka

Ethereum Tutorial For Beginners - Ethereum Architecture | Edureka

The Ethereum network has two types of accounts, namely: These accounts, both External and Contract are referred to as state objects and comprise the state of the ethereum network. Every state object has a well-defined state. For external accounts, the state comprises of the account balance while for contract accounts the state is defined by the memory storage and balance. Ill be referring to external accounts simply as accounts. These accounts are owned by are represented by external agents of the network which include every ordinary user, miners, automated agents, etc. These accounts are generally controlled with the help of public key cryptography algorithms like RSA. The main purpose of External accounts is to serve as a medium for users to interact with the Ethereum Blockchain. Contract accounts, on the other hand, are a collection of code that resides on the blockchain at a specific address. These contracts are invoked by external accounts, or by other contracts through a specific call-to-action function. These contracts are written in high-level scripting languages like Solidity, Serpent or LLL. Every contract that resideson the ethereum blockchain is stored in a specific format called EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) bytecode which is an ethereum specific binary format. It will only be fair that I explain EVM now that Ive told you about EVM-bytecode. Ethereum Tutorial: EthereumVirtual Machine Ethereum, in a rustic way, defines a set of generalized protocols which have become the pillars of the development of decentralized applications. At the heart of this, lies the Ethereum Virtual Machine. The figure below explains the architecture: It is important to note that, the Ethereum Virtual Machine is not only completely sandboxed, but also completely isolated. This mea Continue reading >>

Happyfuncorp | Ethereum Programming For Web Developers

Happyfuncorp | Ethereum Programming For Web Developers

Hello, fellow web developer! If you're reading this, you're probably interested in blockchains, smart contracts, etc., as someone who actually wants to write some smart-contract code. I'm going to walk you through setting up, writing, and deploying a smart contract to a real live Ethereum blockchain, and then interacting with that contract in a browser via a web service. I'm not going to explain Blockchains 101 or Ethereum 101: there are many other places to go for that. But it's probably worth discussing Ethereum at a very high level from a developer's perspective. You don't need to care about mining or Proof-of-Work vs. Proof-of-Stake, or anything like that. But you should know that Ethereum is a decentralized virtual machine that runs on many nodes scattered around the world, and so-called "smart contracts" are code which runs (along with data which is stored) within that virtual machine, i.e. on every single node. This is obviously hugely inefficient, but it has advantages; everyone in the world can rely on this code/data, because no central service or system can tamper with it; and anyone can submit code/data to this machine without the registering or asking permission. They do, however, need to pay. Every line of code and byte of storage in Ethereum has a price. Ethereum, like Bitcoin, has a native currency, called "ether"; this is the same Ether currency that is traded on exchanges like Coinbase. When used to pay for Ethereum computing/storage, it is called "gas." For any given smart contract, gas has a "limit" and a "price." This is pretty confusing at first, but don't worry, you'll wrap your head around it eventually, and anyway this tutorial uses free fake money on a so-called "testnet" Ethereum blockchain. In principle many languages can be compiled down to Continue reading >>

Tutorial: Controlling Ethereum With Python

Tutorial: Controlling Ethereum With Python

Get the directory solc installed to: $ which solc Copy this directory, and use it in the geth console like > admin.setSolc("/usr/local/bin/solc") Confirm that the compiler has been successfully installed by running > eth.getCompilers() There are two common ways to interface with an Ethereum network: through the command line, and with the Wallet GUI app (also called Mist). Well be using the command line for coding, but you might find it helpful to use the Wallet app to explore whats going on in your Ethereum network and make sure that everything is running as expected. The Wallet is designed to provide easy usability out-of-the-box, and installers can be found here . Some notes: The Wallet app will look for a geth.ipc file in the default directory, and if it doesnt find one will start the loooong process of syncing with the main Ethereum network. If you dont want this on the main network, be sure to run an Ethereum node from the command line ahead of time. By default, an etherbase account is created. This is an externally owned account, not a wallet contract- i.e. it is not visible on the blockchain. To get enough ether to create a transaction, start CPU mining (Menu> ) or use a faucet like this one to request test Ether be sent to your account (this is play money, as youre on the test network). Ill be using a virtual environment running Python 2.7.12, and install the required packages for interfacing with Ethereum: NOTE: Due to changes in how Geth handles RPC calls, the pip version of ethjsonrpc (v0.3.0) does not currently work, and . Ive made a working fork and here for this demo, it is sufficient but necessary to be able to run the example in README.md. You can clone my fork and set it up by running $ python setup.py install From here on, well use the dollar sign to Continue reading >>

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