# Agoric JavaScript Programming

Agoric's platform lets you write secure smart contracts in JavaScript. The platform itself is mainly written in JavaScript. However, we've made several Agoric-specific additions and deletions to general JavaScript programming that you should know about and understand before programming on the platform. Some are concepts, others are Agoric library additions, and some are at the syntax level. All changes at the language level are in process to become official standards.

Click on the top heading of each section for complete documentation of the topic.

  • Agoric JavaScript Overview

    • This is the key document to familiarize yourself with and refer back to. It briefly specifies all the things in JavaScript you can't or shouldn't use when working on the Agoric platform and all the things Agoric has added at the general JavaScript programming level. In particular, you should know about SES (Secure ECMAScript) and its lockdown() and harden() methods.
  • BigInt

    • JavaScript's Number primitive only represents numbers up to 253 - 1. BigInt is a newer built-in JavaScript object that represents arbitrarily large integers. Agoric uses BigInts for amount values and times.
  • Vats

    • Objects and functions in the same JavaScript vat can communicate synchronously. Communication with objects outside the vat can only be done asynchronously.
  • Secure EcmaScript (SES)

    • SES provides a secure platform for executing programs. With SES, you can run code you don't completely trust, without being vulnerable to bugs or bad intentions. It's a standards-track extension to the JavaScript standard. Notable additions include the lockdown() and harden() methods to freeze objects.
  • Remote object communication using E

    • E is a local "bridge" function that lets you invoke methods on remote objects, whether in another vat, machine, or blockchain (for example). It takes a local representative (a proxy) for a remote object as an argument and sends messages to it using normal message-sending syntax. The local proxy forwards all messages to the remote object to deal with. Sending a message to the remote object must be done by using E (E(remoteObj).myMethod()).
  • Notifiers and Subscriptions

    • The Agoric platform uses Notifiers and Subscriptions to distribute state change updates. Both deliver an asynchronous stream of messages as a publish-subscribe system might, without requiring explicit management of lists of subscribers. Notifiers are lossy conveyors of non-final values while Subscriptions are lossless value conveyors.