Here is the first example token.

pragma solidity ^0.4.20;

contract MyToken {
    /* This creates an array with all balances */
    mapping (address => uint256) public balanceOf;

    /* Initializes contract with initial supply tokens to the creator of the contract */
    function MyToken(
        uint256 initialSupply
        ) public {
        balanceOf[msg.sender] = initialSupply;              // Give the creator all initial tokens

    /* Send coins */
    function transfer(address _to, uint256 _value) public {
        require(balanceOf[msg.sender] >= _value);           // Check if the sender has enough
        require(balanceOf[_to] + _value >= balanceOf[_to]); // Check for overflows
        balanceOf[msg.sender] -= _value;                    // Subtract from the sender
        balanceOf[_to] += _value;                           // Add the same to the recipient

I don't understand this line code:

require(balanceOf[_to] + _value >= balanceOf[_to]);

Because _value is an unint, why do we need to check if the final amount of recipient is greater than or equal to the previous amount? I see that this line of code always returns true, I do believe I miss something here. If you know why we need to check this, please let me know. Thanks!


I see that this line of code always returns true

No, This is true unless it overflows. When unit overflow happens that's false. Here the unit used unit256 will have a max value of 2**256-1.

This gist shows example of unit overflow and underflow.

/* demonstrating uint overflow and underflow in ethereum solidity
   this is why you need guards like: 
     if (balances[_to] + _amount < balances[_to]) throw; 
contract C {
    // (2**256 - 1) + 1 = 0
    function overflow() returns (uint256 _overflow) {
        uint256 max = 2**256 - 1;
        return max + 1;

    // 0 - 1 = 2**256 - 1
    function underflow() returns (uint256 _underflow) {
        uint256 min = 0;
        return min - 1;

So this check is required.

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