Reading and Writing Data to the Blockchain
Casper features several means of reading and writing data to global state, depending on user needs and complexity. Reading data from global state can be done by dApps off-chain or by smart contracts on-chain. Writing data requires on-chain interactions due to the nature of the system. Storage in global state can be accomplished using Dictionaries or
Due to the nature of Casper's serialization standard,
NamedKeys should be used sparingly and only for small data sets. Developers should use dictionaries for larger mapped structures.
Using the Casper JSON-RPC
query_global_state method available through the JSON-RPC allows users to read data from global state without performing on-chain actions. For more details, see the Querying a Casper Network tutorial.
Using the Casper Rust API
The Casper API includes the following functions for reading and writing to global state:
- put_key - Stores the given
Keyunder the given
namein the current context's named keys
- get_key - Returns the requested
NamedKeyfrom the current context
- storage::new_uref - Creates a new URef in the current context
- storage::write - Writes a given value under a previously created URef
- storage::read - Reads the value from a URef in global state
- dictionary_put - Writes the given value under the given
- dictionary_get - Retrieves the value stored under a
For more details, see the Reading and Writing to Global State using Rust tutorial.