Getting started

The BUIDL online IDE can create complete DApps (smart contracts + web3 + ElasticSearch + JS + HTML / CSS) in minutes without installing any software.

In this section, we will walk through the default example that comes with the BUIDL IDE. The complete source code for this example is available here.

Access the BUIDL IDE from your browser: https://buidl.secondstate.io/

Watch a 4-min video on how to create your first DApp in BUIDL

BUIDL works with the Second State DevChain by default. It could also work with any blockchain started by the Second BaaS service, as well as any Ethereum compatible blockchains.

Step 1: Create and deploy a simple Solidity smart contract

Load BUIDL in your web browser. You will see a simple smart contract already in the online editor window.

The contract simply allows you to store a number on the blockchain. You can view or update the stored number by calling its functions get() and set().

Click on the Compile button to compile the contract. A side bar will open to show you the compiled ABI and bytecode of the contract.

Next, you can press the Deploy to the chain button on the left panel to instantiate and deploy the contract to the Second State DevChain. You can interact with deployed contracts by calling its public methods from inside BUIDL -- you can set its value and click on the Transact button to save the value onto the blockchain, and then click on the Call button to see the value in the LOG panel.

Step 2: Create a UI in HTML

Once deployed, click on the dapp button on the left bar to work on your DApp.

The HTML tab above shows a simple HTML page with two buttons.

Step 3: Create JS script to interact with the smart contract

Next, go to the JS tab. It shows JavaScript on how to interact with the smart contract.

The JS has four sections. The first section is Don't modify as it is populated by the BUIDL tool itself. It contains code to instantiate the contract you just deployed via BUIDL.

The second section shows you how to use the Second State smart contract search service. It takes the contract you just deployed, and finds all deployed contracts of the same type. It just logs the search results to the console right now. But in the next example, I will show you how to use the search results.

The third section is the event handler for the Set Data button. It shows how to call the smart contract's set() function in a transaction from JavaScript.

document.querySelector("#s").addEventListener("click", function() {
var n = window.prompt("Input the number:");
n && instance.set(n);
});

The last section is the event handler for the Get Data button. It calls the smart contract’s get() function and displays the result.

document.querySelector("#g").addEventListener("click", function() {
console.log(instance.get().toString());
});

Step 4: Run the DApp

Finally, click on the Run button to run the DApp. You will see the DApp UI in the right panel. You can click on the Set Data button to store a number, and Get Data button to retrieve the stored number.

Congratulations. You now have a complete DApp deployed on a public blockchain!

Next, you could explore how to develop more complex DApps on BUIDL, such as data driven DApps or rules-based DApps.