2.2 Scaffolding and Setup

In this tutorial, we’ll be building a version of Rock, Paper, Scissors! where two players, Alice and Bob, can wager on the result of the game. We’ll start simple and slowly make the application more fully-featured.

You should follow along by copying each part of the program and seeing how things go. If you’re like us, you may find it beneficial to type each line out, rather than copying & pasting so you can start building your muscle memory and begin to get a sense for each part of a Reach program.

Let’s start by creating a file named index.rsh. It doesn’t matter where you put this file, but we recommend putting in the current directory, which would be ~/reach/tut if you’re following along exactly. In all the subsequent code samples, we’ll label the files the the chapter of the tutorial you’re reading. For example, start off by typing the following into index.rsh:

 1    'reach 0.1';
 3    export const main =
 4      Reach.App(
 5        {},
 6        [['Alice', {}], ['Bob', {}]],
 7        (A, B) => {
 8          exit(); });

Did you notice that export, const, exit, and so on are links? In Reach code samples, you can click on the names of keywords and standard library functions to be brought to their documentation.

Did you notice that tut-1/index.rsh was a link in the box above the code sample? You can always click on these links to see the entire file in our GitHub repository.

Did you notice the attractive clipboard icon on the top the right of that box? You can click on it and the content of the code box will be copied onto your clipboard.

Did your text editor recognize index.rsh as a Reach program and give you proper syntax hightlighting? If not, then you can manually configure it to treat Reach (.rsh) files as JavaScript and things will be mostly correct.

This is just a shell of a program that doesn’t do much, but it has a few important components.

Before we go too much further, let’s create a similar shell for our JavaScript frontend code. Open a new file named index.mjs and fill it with this:

 1    import * as stdlib from '@reach-sh/stdlib/ETH.mjs';
 2    import * as backend from './build/index.main.mjs';
 4    ( async () => {
 5      const toNetworkFormat = (n) => stdlib.toWeiBigNumber(n, 'ether');
 7      const accAlice = await stdlib.newTestAccount(toNetworkFormat('10'));
 8      const accBob = await stdlib.newTestAccount(toNetworkFormat('10'));
10      const ctcAlice = await accAlice.deploy(backend);
11      const ctcBob = await accBob.attach(backend, ctcAlice);
13      await Promise.all([
14        backend.Alice(
15          stdlib, ctcAlice,
16          {}),
17        backend.Bob(
18          stdlib, ctcBob,
19          {})
20      ]);
21    })(); // <-- Don't forget these!

Did you notice that toWeiBigNumber, newTestAccount, deploy, and so on are links? In JavaScript code samples, you can click on the names of standard library functions to be brought to their documentation.

This JavaScript code is similarly schematic and will be consistent across all of your test programs.

This is now enough for Reach to compile and run our program. Let’s try by running

  $ ./reach run

Reach should now build and launch a Docker container for this application. Since the application doesn’t do anything, you’ll just see a lot of diagnostic messages though, so that’s not very exciting.

The entire process that we just went through can be automated by running
  $ ./reach init
when you start your next project!

In the next step, we’ll implement the logic of Rock, Paper, Scissors! and our application will start doing something!