A Typed Programmatic Interface to Contracts on the Blockchain

08/26/2021 ∙ by Thi Thu Ha Doan, et al. ∙ 0

Smart contract applications on the blockchain can only reach their full potential if they integrate seamlessly with traditional software systems via a programmatic interface. This interface should provide for originating and invoking contracts as well as observing the state of the blockchain. We propose a typed API for this purpose and establish some properties of the combined system. Specifically, we provide an execution model that enables us to prove type-safe interaction between programs and the blockchain. We establish further properties of the model that give rise to requirements on the API. A prototype of the interface is implemented in OCaml for the Tezos blockchain.

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