Ethereum – Hot Cold UI

One of the example contracts from “Identity, Ownership and Authenticity” was a conceptual art homage called hot_cold.se . Here’s an updated version:

init:
    contract.storage[1000] = "hot"
    contract.storage[1001] = "cold"

code:
    // Swap
    temp = contract.storage[1000]
    contract.storage[1000] = contract.storage[1001]
    contract.storage[1001] = temp

When it receives a message, it swaps the strings “hot” and “cold” in its memory.

We can access the contract’s memory in AlethZero using JavaScript and build an HTML UI for the contract. Here’s part of the code:

// The hot_cold contract
var contract = "0x84ea345a8c5ca28abee46681ff3a7cee526bb4e4";

// Update the spans with the data from the contact
var fetch = function() {
  document.getElementById("_1000").innerText = eth.storageAt(contract, 1000).bin();
  document.getElementById("_1001").innerText = eth.storageAt(contract, 1001).bin();
};

It fetches the values from the contract’s memory and assigns them to HTML elements. Like so:

hot-cold

Further JavaScript allows you to update the contract’s state (first warning you that doing so costs Ether in the form of Gas for the transaction):

gas

Once the transaction goes through, the JavaScript code is notified of a change to the contract’s state and updates the UI:

cold-hot

There’s only one version of the properties, so if someone else updates the contract you’ll see the results in your UI. And vice versa.

You can find the code in the repository for this series:

https://gitorious.org/robmyers/artworld-ethereum/

hot_cold.se is in the contracts directory, and hot_cold.html in the ui directory.

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