Hedera Smart Contracts - Part 2

Sat Apr 23 2022

I feel like I didn't do it right, but I got it to work! As a developer this sure happens to me a lot.

In order to explore how smart contracts work on Hedera I wanted to make a simple guessing game:

The repo is here https://github.com/aaronblondeau/guess-it.

I have very limited knowledge of solidity or even smart contracts so this was all new territory for me.

Here is what I came up with for the contract:

// SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-3.0
pragma solidity ^0.8.11;
pragma experimental ABIEncoderV2;

// Compile with:
// npm install -g solc
// solcjs --bin GuessIt.sol
contract GuessIt {

    string private secretPhrase;
    address public owner;
    uint pot = 0;

    event GuessAtttempt(address indexed from, string guess, bool success, uint pot);

    constructor (string memory _phrase) {
        owner = msg.sender;
        secretPhrase = _phrase;

    function setPhrase(string memory _phrase) public {
        // Only contract owner can update phrase
        require(msg.sender == owner);
        secretPhrase = _phrase;

    function guessPhrase(string memory _guess) public payable returns (bool) {
        // Make sure caller has sent at least 5 HBAR
        require (msg.value >= 500000000, "insufficient payable");

        // Add funds to the pot (why doesn't this show in contract balance on dragonglass?)
        pot += msg.value;

        if (keccak256(abi.encodePacked((_guess))) != keccak256(abi.encodePacked((secretPhrase)))) {
            emit GuessAtttempt(msg.sender, _guess, false, pot);
            return false;
        // Guess was correct, transfer pot to caller
        emit GuessAtttempt(msg.sender, _guess, true, pot);
        pot = 0;
        return true;

    function contractVersion() public pure returns (uint) {
        return 9;

Some of the key takeaways are:

One of my biggest questions from this exercise is how do you rapidly iterate while developing a smart contract? I debugged mine by sending the contract to the testnet over and over (sorry testnet). Next I plan on figuring out how to unit test the contract as I think that will resolve the iteration issue and probably uncover some lovely bugs that I missed.