Pact Accounts and Transfers
Welcome to this tutorial on Accounts and Transfers with Pact!
This tutorial covers the following topics
- Project Environment Setup
- Module and Keysets
- Define Schema and Table
- Create Table
- Create Accounts
- Make Payments
- Deploy Smart Contract
The goal of this tutorial is to help you build an application that transfers value between two accounts. To do this, you’ll build a smart contract that implements this functionality named Simple Payments. This is an important function of smart contracts and will set you up to create more complex applications using accounts and transfers.
Accounts and transfers are a key feature of many smart contracts. Using Pact, you can define tables that track account keysets and values, allowing you to set and update these values as needed.
Pact Accounts and Transfers
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To get started with this application, take a look at the visual overview. This provides a summary of each of the features you will be creating for the simple payment smart contract.
As you can see, you will create a payments module including 3 functions; create-account, get-balance, and pay. These functions will store data on a payments-table which manages payments between 2 accounts Sarah and James.
Now that you have a basic understanding of the requirements, you can start building the project for yourself!
Project Environment Setup
To get started, choose a project directory and clone the project resources into your local environment.
git clone https://github.com/kadena-io/pact-lang.org-code.git
Change into the loans directory to begin working on this project.
Open this directory in atom to see each of the files provided.
As you’ll see, there are a few separate folders available to you.
|start||Provides a starting point with all comments for every challenge.|
|challenges||Challenges in the demo are broken out into separate files, allowing you to build your application over time while having the flexibility to experiment with your own ideas.|
|finish||Includes all comments and code for the final application.|
|loans||Includes final application without the challenge comments.|
Each of these options are meant to help support you as you work through these challenges. Feel free to use them however you’d like to.
1. Module and Keyset
The first step is to set up the module and keysets for the smart contract.
If you’re unfamiliar with modules and keyset, our Pact Modules Tutorial is a great place to get started.
2. Define Schema and Table
The next step is to define the schema and table for the smart contract.
The payments-table, will keep track of the balance of the accounts and associate that to the account’s keyset.
Schema definitions are introduced in the Pact Schemas and Tables Tutorial.
This smart contract will contain 3 functions create-account, get-balance, and pay. Each of these are essential functions to allow users to manage their accounts.
3.1 Create Account
First, add a function that allows the administrator to create accounts. This will allow you to add as many accounts as you’d like.
Try using enforce to regulate who has access to create an account.
3.2 Get Balance
Now that you can create accounts, it is helpful to be able to view the balance of these accounts. In this case, we’ll allow both users and administrators to view the balance.
Next, you’ll create the function that allows one account to pay another account. This allows accounts to transfer value from their account to another to begin making payments and managing their finances.
4. Create Table
You have now completed the module. Outside of the module you can create the table that you defined earlier.
At this point you have completed the module. You will notice the previous challenge containing a final parenthesis to close out the module. The remaining steps are meant to help you call functions from within the module you created to put your smart contract to use.
5. Create Accounts
The next step is to create the accounts that will transfer value.
For this tutorial, create 2 accounts.
To do this, you use the create-account function built earlier. This function takes 3 arguments; id, initial-balance, and keyset.
6. Make Payment
The final step is to make a payment from one account to another. You can do this using the pay function created earlier.
Deploy the Smart Contract
Congratulations, at this point you have completed the Simple Payment smart contract!
If you’d like, you can try deploying this smart contract. You can deploy this contract using the Pact Online Editor or from the Pact Atom SDK. If you choose to deploy this locally, you’ll need the REPL file which you can find inside of the repository you cloned.
For help getting started and deploying in each of these environments, try the following tutorials.
Congratulations on completing the Accounts and Transfers Tutorial!
In this tutorial, you built a Simple Payment application that creates accounts, views account balances, and makes payments between accounts. This is an important function of smart contracts and will set you up to create more complex applications using accounts and transfers.
This is a key feature of many smart contracts and can be extended into all types of use cases. Take some time now to experiment with these features to try them out in creative new ways.