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Unhackable Web3 Code

Success hinges on a detailed blueprint for an impenetrable testing and QA process, ensuring robust defense against vulnerabilities and fostering project integrity
8 min read
Written by
Andre Costa
Published on
February 20, 2024

In the world of Web3, the stakes are exceptionally high for founders. And the tensions build up continuously up to one very important day, launch. You are on the brink of finding out what the future will look like for your company, a success story, or a scrutinized failure.

The difference between the two? lt often boils down to one critical phase in the development process: Testing and Quality Assurance (QA). The importance of this phase cannot be overstated. It stands as the last line of defense against potential vulnerabilities, inefficiencies, and outright breakpoints in your tech, that could lead to disastrous hacks.

Funny enough, in many dev teams, the rigorous discipline of testing and QA doesn't even see the light of day, it isn’t even worth of a line in their development timelines, sprints, or plans. It's as if it's an afterthought, something to be quickly done in the fleeting moments before a new feature goes live, a token launches, or an NFT collection drops. 

The absence of a structured, documented process through which every line of code is meticulously vetted before being launched into the world is not just an oversight; it's a glaring misstep. This casual, almost childish approach to testing and QA is not just risky; it borders on the absurd, considering what's at stake—people's funds, wallets, emails, accounts, and time. I know I am repeating myself here, but I can’t emphasize this enough.

Now, we obviously pivoted away from this norm of mediocre work, but decided to take it even a step further. Not just thoroughly test all of our code for clients, but create our own step-by-step, trademark process.

This guide is meticulously crafted for founders who have poured their heart, soul, and countless hours into building their Web3 tech and are now poised to ensure its safety and reliability. Here, you'll grasp the essence of comprehensive testing and QA practices that are designed to shield your project from the ongoing threats that we have in the Web3 space.

Now, at the core of this guide is our Battle-testing process, a combination of testing strategies honed from the launch of over 100 Web3 projects. It’s important to understand that this process is not merely about running routine checks; it's about checking against every conceivable threat or edge case that could potentially occur, waiting for a chance to strike.

But there's a twist to our system - the pivotal role of the founders themselves. Yes, you, the founder, we need you. Unlike conventional approaches that solely rely on developers for technical scrutiny, we champion the involvement of founders in the testing process. After all, who better understands the nuances of the product and its end-users than the visionaries who dreamt it into existence?

Let’s dive into it.

Smart Contract Internal QA 

Elevating the Core of Your Project

The bedrock of any Web3 project lies in its smart contracts. It’s important to understand that these are digital, self-executing and immutable, agreements, which means that we can’t just spot an error post-launch and just make a quick fix. We have to get it right from the get-go, this means unwavering accuracy and quality control. 

In this first step we review the contracts with the following practices: 

-Unit tests
-Integration tests
-Scenario-based simulations
-Testnet deployment
-Line by line manual review

UX Internal QA 

Crafting a Seamless User Experience 

The bridge between innovative technology and its users actually understanding & enjoying it is the user experience (UX). This is already a complex obstacle to tackle, Web3 just magnifies that by a factor of 10. Think about how hard it is for a non-technical person to figure out how to create a wallet, how to add crypto to that wallet, and then how to understand how blockchain even works, or what it means.

That’s why we focus on ensuring that every interaction with your Dapp is intuitive, efficient, and, above all, secure. This would include testing for responsiveness, ease of navigation, and the elimination of any UX elements that could inadvertently cause friction & user dropoff.

Dapp Internal QA 

Ensuring Every Gear Is In Sync

Between smart contracts and user interfaces lies the realm of overall Dapp functionality. The cable that connects a modern, clean, and easy-to-use web app with a secure, efficient, and logic-driven smart contract.

In this phase, two main liabilities are handled, user wallets & transactions. The focus must be on establishing a secure connection with the user, and making sure that we only have the necessary permissions needed for them to use our Dapp, nothing else. Hundreds or thousands of phishing websites try to get users to connect their wallets to drain their funds, hence the lack of trust & high skepticism they have entering any Dapp. We want to assure them every step of the way, that nothing is at risk.

Test Link + Guide for Founding Team 

Empowering the Visionaries 

In a departure from conventional practices, we equip founders with a test link and a detailed guide tailored to enable them to conduct their own hands-on testing. Imagine checking out your project live, open, and being interacted with in real-time, a 1:1 model of the final version. That’s exactly what it is, simply deployed on a test server and blockchain.

This tool allows founders to apply their knowledge of the project, the vision, and its intended user base to identify potential issues from a fresh & unique perspective.

Third-Party Auditing 

The Seal of Security 

While internal QA is indispensable, the complexity of certain Web3 startups demands an external seal of approval, from a dedicated security specialist. 

The value of a third-party audit lies not only in the security assurance it provides to the project team but, perhaps more importantly, in the confidence it instills within your community. When your project bears the seal of approval from a reputable third-party auditor, it signals to your users, investors, and stakeholders that every possible measure has been taken to ensure their safety and security. This endorsement is a powerful testament to your project's integrity, significantly enhancing its reputation in the eyes of the community.

Understanding the importance of this step for some projects, we maintain close relationships with leading third-party auditing companies, renowned for their standards and reputation. So, we are able to facilitate connections for our clients with any of these firms.

All in all, the robustness of your project's testing and QA processes can mean the difference between amazing triumph and downright failure. By sticking to the principles outlined in this guide, you're not just preparing your project to withstand attacks; you're fortifying it to thrive in an ecosystem where only the most secure and reliable technologies end up winning. Remember, in the world of Web3, thorough testing is not just a phase; it's the foundation upon which the future of your project rests.

If you want to see if we are a good fit and learn how we would breakdown & tackle your project, book a free discovery call below