Thursday, December 15, 2022

Release: elrond-wasm - 0.38.0, elrond-codec 0.16.0, mandos 0.18.0

ContractCall refactor

The ContractCall object has a nice builder pattern attached to it. For example, we could build one like this:

let result: MultiValueEncoded = self

The section.echo_arguments(args).with_egld_or_single_esdt_transfer(payment).with_gas_limit(gas) is part of a builder pattern that initializes the ContractCall object. Until recently, all ContractCall functions were working on a single structure (ContractCall) and the differences between behaviors were resolved at runtime. It was also not forbidden to combine incompatible payment types, like EGLD and ESDT.

We made the ContractCall to be a trait that describes several structures: ContractCallNoPayment, ContractCallWithEgld, etc.

Now, when setting a payment type, the built structure also changes, e.g in the example above from ContractCall to ContractCallWithEgldOrSingleEsdt, which has no method to provide additional payments. This makes the compiler check the correctness of the builder sequence.

The compiled code gets smaller because the compiler now knows what kind of payment was chosen and does not need to include code that handles the other payment types.

ContractBase supertrait can be now stated explicitly for contract and module traits

All contract and module traits have the ContractBase supertrait. Developers don’t need to specify it, the framework does it for them.

However, this can confuse some of the IDEs out there. There was a request (and solution) from the community to allow ContractBase to be explicitly stated in the contract sources for the sake of IDEs and dev tooling.

Debugger improvements

If contract A calls contract B and contract B sends some EGLD or ESDT tokens back to contract A, the callback in A will see this transfer as payment. This is essential for certain contracts, e.g. contracts that withdraw funds or claim rewards. Until recently, the Rust debugger did not have this feature. It is now fixed.

Function names were kept as bytes. They looked unreadable in the debugger. Made them strings (actually Cow<'static, str> to be precise), at no penalty to performance.

Removed the ei-1-2 feature

This feature was preventing contracts from calling functions that were new at the time and not yet available on mainnet. In the meantime they have been deployed to mainnet, so the feature was no longer necessary.

New utility functions

As requested by the contract teams:

  • self.send().esdt_local_burn_multi(...) - simply burns several ESDT tokens in a loop;
  • self.blockchain().get_token_attributes(...) - only extracts the attributes from the token metadata.

Updated all crates to Rust 2021

We use Rust 2021 everywhere, but some of the crates were missing the update.

Github Release Link: elrond-wasm-rs: v0.38.0, elrond-codec 0.16.0, mandos 0.18.0.

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