Using Remix

Introduction to Remix

Remix is a powerful online integrated development environment (IDE) for developers to build, test, deploy, and manage smart contracts. In this tutorial, we'll use the Remix IDE to deploy a contract to Core Testnet.

Connecting Remix to Core Testnet

Navigate to the Remix IDE, and you'll see a layout similar to below:

In the picture below, you'll see that you can choose different Solidity compiler versions. We recommend using the newer, more stable versions of Solidity, such as v0.8.7. You can also choose whether to enable auto compilation or hide warnings.

You can choose different environments on Remix, as shown in the picture below. An environment is just the blockchain network you'll be working with. There are built-in Virtual Machines (VMs), as well as providers that enable you to connect to external VMs.

To connect to Core Testnet, choose Injected Provider - Metamask. Make sure your MetaMask wallet is configured for Core Tesnet using the testnet chain settings, and verify that your account is funded from the faucet.

You will be asked to connect to MetaMask. Once connected, Remix shows the connected address and the amount of CORE held by the address, as seen below:

Smart Contract Compilation and Deployment

Remix comes with several default preset contracts loaded to the default workspace, as shown below. For this tutorial, let's use the preloaded 1_Storage.sol contract. This contract implements a simple database that allows us to store one number via the store() function and view it via the retrieve() function.

From the menu on the left, navigate to the SOLIDITY COMPILER and select the blue Compile button to compile your smart contract.

Then switch to the DEPLOY & RUN TRANSACTIONS from the same lefthand menu and select the Deploy button, outlined in red below.

After selecting the Deploy button, MetaMask will open a popup asking you to sign and then send the deployment transaction on Core Testnet, as seen below.

Once the contract is successfully deployed, you should receive a message on the console.

Smart Contract Interaction

Once your contract is deployed, you can use Remix to quickly and intuitively interact with it.

Locate the newly deployed contract in the Deployed Contracts section located in the lower left. Let's test our contract by entering 100 into the store function's input field and selecting the orange store button. MetaMask will again ask us to sign and send the transaction.

After successfully storing 100 in our smart contract, we can use the retrieve function to read the value. Click the retrieve button to view the value and we should see the number 100 returned, as shown below in the blue box.

You may have noticed that MetaMask did not pop up for the retrieve function call; this is because transactions are only necessary for smart contract interactions that require gas, and reading data from a smart contract doesn't require any gas.

Core Scan

Let's use Core Scan to check on our deployed contract. Copy the contract address from Remix and use it as the input for a search on Core Scan. You should find the smart contract along with some relevant information, plus a list of all historical contract interactions that includes our deployment transaction and our store transaction.

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