First-ever Solidity Preprocessor & macros
Instant zero-configuration contract deployments using INFURA
Integrated Markdown contract documentation using Natspec + ABI
Standalone and inline Mocha unit tests
Auto-recompiling, tests & documentation on file change
Unlimited customizability, exposure of all dependency configs
Unopinionated design, low design pattern restrictions
1. Separation of Concerns
Most existing development environments are designed for dApps, not for smart contracts. Developers are restricted to the Migration smart contracts design pattern as required by other development environments to facilitate dApp versioning. Parasol puts into consideration developers who intend to develop pure smart contracts and avoids restricting them to a specific dApp design pattern.
Parasol aims to implement as little abstraction on top of its dependencies as possible. It provides direct configuration access to its core components such as solc and ganache. Additionally, it allows the user the freedom to customize and contract deployment logic through the
deployer() function in the configuration file.
Agile development is important for the entire smart contract development cycle, not only for the Solidity contracts themselves. In the realm of Solidity, unit tests can end up taking substantially longer to perfect than their source contracts. Hence, they consume more time. And then comes, documentation. In Parasol's development environment, any changes made to unit tests, smart contract source code or any js/json file will immediately and quickly recompile all code, run static analysis, redeploy on ganache, recompile documentation and rerun unit tests.