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Introduction to Smart Contracts on Ethereum Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies are taking the world by storm. Among them, the Ethereum blockchain, which hosts a myriad of decentralized apps (DApps) and utilises smart contracts, is particularly captivating. In essence, a smart contract is a self-executing contract, with the terms of the agreement directly written into lines of code. This caveat-free tutorial is designed to guide you through the basics of developing your own smart contract using Ethereum’s native language, Solidity.

Step 1: Setting Up Your Development Environment

First things first, you need to set up your development environment. Installing Node.js and npm (node package manager) is key. Post-installation, you can install Truffle, a development environment, testing framework, and asset pipeline for Ethereum.

npm install -g truffle

Step 2: Your First Smart Contract

Create a new directory for your smart contract project. Within this directory, initialise a new Truffle project using ‘truffle init’.

mkdir my_smart_contract
cd my_smart_contract
truffle init

Next, create a new file within the contracts directory. Name it “MyContract.sol” and open it for editing.

cd contracts
touch MyContract.sol
nano MyContract.sol

Step 3: Programming the Solidity Smart Contract

Time for the exciting part! Let’s start off with a simple contract like creating a digital token. A Solidity smart contract begins with the “pragma solidity” line which refers to the version of Solidity you’re using.

pragma solidity ^0.7.5;
contract MyContract {
mapping(address => uint256) public balances;
function mint(address _to, uint256 _amount) public {
balances[_to] += _amount;

In this contract, we’ve declared a public mapping of addresses to balances, and a function ‘mint’ that allows anyone to increase the balance of any address.

Step 4: Compiling Your Contract

Return to your project directory and compile your contract using Truffle.
truffle compile

Step 5: Deploying Your Contract

To deploy your contract onto the Ethereum blockchain, you will need to write a migration script and run the migration using Truffle.


Congratulations! You’ve just built and deployed your first Ethereum Smart Contract. While this fundamental tutorial barely scratches the surface of what’s possible with DApps and Ethereum, it paves the steps for you to explore the unlimited possibilities that blockchain technology offers.

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