While I managed to get started using
But that is the nature of the language.
I have always been more comfortable with python than JS. I liked and have used
py.test in my previous projects. So when I had an option to test my smart
py.test, I definitely was gonna give it a try.
That is when I came across
populus. Turns out it aims to be “truffle for
pythonistas” (my words, not the “official” tagline, but they can use it.)
Initially it was a personal project - which was officially adopted by ethereum organization (on github) adding credibility to the excellent work done so far.
You can read the official documentation here
As I mentioned earlier, I came for the chance to use
py.test for testing the
Writing the tests (along with
web3.py) was quite easy.
Running the tests in not
populus test (like
truffle test). As I mentioned
earlier, it is via
py.test. So it is
.. and this is where I ran into a “glitch”.
One thing I liked about using
py.test was that I did not require to explicitly start
truffle test testrpc or
geth is required to be run explicitly. Else you get the following error:
I’m not saying that there is anything is wrong in that, just that it is nice to omit a step.
Creating local Chain(s)
One more nice feature
populus has over
truffle is the ability to create local
This can be done easily with
populus chain new <chain_name>
This does several of the following things :
- Creates a
genesis.json(Usually one needs to create this by hand, or copy an existing one from “somewhere” and modify)
- Creates one account, that has enough balance.
- Creates two scripts
- One to creates genesis block(
- Another to start the “node” (
- One to creates genesis block(
Benefit of this is that a new developer does not need to understand the
complexities of various options in both
genesis.json and the long list of
command line options to
It will just work.
This is useful to semi-experienced developer as well. She can modify the
genesis.json and the scripts as required.
Since there is no “change password” concept, one can not create a “better”
password without removing the existing account and recreating a new one. This
means you need to modify the
run_chain.sh script, since it mentions an account
--unlock parameter. One also needs to modify
genesis.json since the
“pre-populated” account is mentioned there under
But that is OK, since
populus is meant for the development anyway.
Read the detailed tutorial about using populus to create local chains here
There is also
populus chain reset <chain_name> but it doesn’t work. I’ve
filed an issue here
Deploying the Contracts
For simple, one-off contracts, there is a command line version :
For a slightly complex deployments, especially when one needs to pass arguments to the Contract constructor, one needs to write their own python code.
This is no different than writing migrations scripts in
truffle land, except
there one gets “default” scripts on
truffle init, here we don’t.
Read details here
populus had this feature in older version, but it was removed.
when asked on gitter, I was told that there is a plan to “bring them back”
While I wanted to use
populus as the only option, I think it is behind the
“maturity” compared to
For now, I use
truffle for the project I share with others (since
seems to be more “well known”) but for my “personal” project, I will continue to
populus (and report issues, discuss on gitter and send in the PR if/where
Note : You can view my (work-in-progress) code
here. It has both
populus config files. The tests are only in python. I do have a
deployment script in python.