Smart contract best practices

Here are some general best practices that you should follow when developing smart contracts with Plutus.

Knowing the objective of your smart contract

Know exactly what your smart contract should do and test it to ensure that it fulfills the objective. Does one exist already? and if so, what is different about this smart contract?


Choose a clear and meaningful name for your smart contract. Keep it simple and short and aim to include what the smart contracte does in its name.

Peer review of code

The benefits of code review are well known; reviewed code aims to be consistent across the project, defect-free, and optimized for performance. The knowledge of the code is shared among developers, reducing maintenance time and cost in the future. For smart contracts, correctness is absolutely crucial.

Testing on a testnet

You should always test your smart contracts on a testnet environment before you run them on the mainnet. Write as many test scenarios as you can and run several iterations of your tests.

Documenting test cases

Keep a list of the test cases that you run so that you have them for reference and verification purposes.

Consider Formal Verification

The subject of formal verification is too large to adequately cover here. You can assume that your code will run in a hostile environment where highly skilled, well-resourced and unscrupulous actors will be waiting to pounce on any vulnerability.

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