Safer smart contracts through type-driven development

Examensarbete för masterexamen

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Safer smart contracts through type-driven development
Authors: Pettersson, Jack
Edström, Robert
Abstract: We show how dependent and polymorphic types can make smart contract development safer. This is demonstrated by using the functional language Idris to describe smart contracts on the Ethereum platform. In particular, we show how one class of common errors can be captured at compile time using dependent types and algebraic side effects. We also bring type annotations to the realm of smart contracts, helping developers to circumvent another class of common errors. To demonstrate the feasibility of our solutions, we have extended the Idris compiler with a backend for the Ethereum Virtual Machine. While we find that the functional paradigm might not be the most suitable for the domain, our approach solves the identified problems and provides advantages over the languages in current use.
Keywords: Data- och informationsvetenskap;Computer and Information Science
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik (Chalmers)
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers)
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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