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Ink Playground IDE Improvements Grant

  • Team Name: Zeeve
  • Payment Address: Ethereum (USDT/USDC) 0x5E1257E928aa42E3D0cd9E2A7537E37D108D811B
  • Level: 2


The adoption of any technology depends on the accessibility and ease of use to both the maintainer and user, blockchain or distributed ledger technologies are inherently a lot difficult to understand and maintain, so we have to build tools to make the process much easier and painless. In the case of Polkadot's substrate based smart contract development we have Ink! playground which helps smart contract developers to prototype and test it before deploying on the parachain in a Sandboxed environment with having to do time-consuming setup of dependencies and also with ability to set up a local environment to do development.

Project Details

The community posed few challenges and issues to improve the Ink! Playground to keep up with the Ink's advancements and have Ink's own docs with ability to execute the examples with multi version support, the following issues were proposed by the Grant team to resolve:

The brief overview of the issue resolution:

  • Dependency Versioning: Provide an API and UI components to set dependency versions for the contract, which will help developers to build for targeted systems and environments.
  • Automated Ink! Version upgrade in Ink! Playground system when new Ink! Version releases.
  • Ability to select Ink! version to compile the code in the IDE.
  • In Ink! Crate docs code examples can be executed using the Ink! Playground backend with Ink! version support.

Additionally, we would like to propose further enhancements to the Ink! Playground which will benefit the Polkadot community by easing the development process with better Developer Experience. We are excited to work on the following enhancements once we complete the aforementioned improvements and build upon to provide maintenance of the Ink! Playground.

  • Local file system storage: Use the local file system for contract storage which will help developers to open and save the file without leaving the IDE.
  • Template contracts: Provide contract templates similar to the Ethereum contract standards based on the popular use cases.
  • Ability to run contract functions based on the metadata generated for a contract, this will help developers to prototype, test and debug the contracts faster.
  • Deploy contracts from the IDE: Deploy the contracts to the remote contract execution environment by providing the remote endpoint.
  • Recent contracts: List all the recent contracts that were saved for faster access to previously edited contracts.

Team 👥

Team members

  • Ghan Vashishtha
  • Sankalp Sharma
  • Jasti Sri Radhe Shyam


  • Registered Address: 1603 Capitol Ave Ste 310, Cheyenne 82001, WY
  • Registered Legal Entity: Zeeve Inc.

Team's experience

Founded by a team of experienced professionals and entrepreneurs from industry, Zeeve's co-founders collectively have over 45+ years of experience in technology, product development, and various business verticals. Zeeve has built an enterprise-grade no-code Blockchain Infrastructure Automation platform that enables Enterprises, Blockchain Startups, Blockchain Consulting Companies and Web3 Developers to deploy Blockchain nodes and Decentralized Apps within minutes, and manage them with advanced analytics and real-time alerts. In June 2022, the Startup raised $2.65 Million in a Seed Round from Leo Capital and Blu Ventures. It plans to deploy the funds towards product development, augmenting the technology team and enhancing its reach among DApp developers and global corporations, please consider visiting our prior work.

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Development Status 📖

Before applying for the Web3 Foundation Grant, the Zeeve team has built a DevOps automation for Polkadot and other substrate chains, also created substrates based relay chains:

  • Automated Polkadot deployments including validator nodes, archive nodes here
  • Automated Kusama deployments including validator nodes, archive nodes here
  • Created a relay chain on substrate with some customizations done at the core to accommodate the tokenomics and custom reward mechanism here
  • Published a blog post about the usage and implementation of parachain's
  • The focus for Zeeve will be automating the parachain deployments, dedicated node setups and help with faster testing with zombie-net.
  • Spoke with David Hawig, Richard Casey and Gautam Dhameja from the Parity team regarding the development of Zeeve and the Web3 Grant application
  • Developed Larch, a UI for the Parity's Zombienet - GitHub - Zeeve-App/larch

Development Road-map 🔩


  • Total Estimated Duration: 100 working days
  • Full-Time Equivalent (FTE): 3 FTE
  • Total Costs: 24,000 USD.

Milestone 1 — Implement Ink's Dependency versioning

  • Estimated duration: 90 working days
  • FTE: 3
  • Costs: 21,000 USD
0.b.DocumentationWe will provide both inline documentation of the code and a basic tutorial that explains how a user can open and save a file
1.On demand version specific compilationWe will add the ability to build the compiler environment if a compiler environment is not present with a specific version of Ink!
2.Dependency Version supportWe will upgrade and maintain Ink! and cargo-contract dependencies versions up to date and have provision to have older version support
3.Ink! UpgradesWe will add the ability to add Playground's Ink! version support to latest version as soon as new version of Ink! is released without manual intervention
4.Select Ink! version from UIWe will add ability to select Ink!'s version from the IDE to compile

Milestone 2 - Ink! crate docs code execution

  • Estimated duration: 10 working days
  • FTE: 3
  • Costs: 3000 USD
0.b.DocumentationWe will provide both inline documentation of the code and a basic tutorial that explains how a user can open and save a file
1.Ink! Create docsWe will provide the API and update create docs to run the code examples

Technology Stack

  • Javascript
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Typescript
  • Rust
  • Docker

Additional Information ➕

How did you hear about the Grants Program? Web3 Foundation Website / Parity team / a conversation with Richard Casey.


[1]: What is Parity's ink!? | Parity Technologies

[2]: ink/ at master · paritytech/ink · GitHub