Regarding the fact using String in contract is expensive, is there any alternative type in Solidity ?

The input value (Payload) I want to set is as follows :

  • use events instead storing as string or bytes
    – Badr Bellaj
    May 1, 2018 at 19:41
  • @BadrBellaj Bellaj Thank you. Would you explain me a bit more how to declare such this event ? ex. event MyEvent(uint256 SQN, ....); I'm wrong ?
    – Questioner
    May 1, 2018 at 19:50

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you can use events to store your data as it's a cheaper storage alternative.

event payload(uint256 indexed SQN, ....);

you can use an indexed variable to use it as an index to retrieve your input. in the front-end you can use get to retrieve the events or watch to catch fired ones.

  • Thank you, but how about for "Sign" field since it contains both digit and letter ? I cannot define it as uint256 Sign, Isn't it ?
    – Questioner
    May 1, 2018 at 20:42
  • no it's a string, the difference here is you're using a string in an event not as a state
    – Badr Bellaj
    May 1, 2018 at 20:44
  • but as I mentioned in my question i want to avoid using string since it's expensive in contract.
    – Questioner
    May 1, 2018 at 20:45
  • it's expensive if used as a variable not as a parameter for event. read this post to know more media.consensys.net/… otherwise you can store data off-chain in ipfs or other systems
    – Badr Bellaj
    May 1, 2018 at 20:51

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