# Queries

Make sure you are prepared for this section by reading the following previous sections:

In this section you will discover queries, one of two primary objects handled by modules. At the end of the section is a code example that puts queries into practice in your checkers blockchain.

A query is a request for information, made by end-users of an application through an interface, and processed by a full node. Available information includes:

  • Information about the network.
  • Information about the application itself.
  • Information about the application state.

Queries do not require consensus to be processed as they do not trigger state transitions. Therefore queries can be handled entirely independently by a full node.

Visit the detailed Cosmos SDK documentation (opens new window) for a clear overview of the query lifecycle and learn how a query is created, handled, and responded to.

# Code example

If you have used Ignite CLI so far, it has already created queries for you to get one stored game or a list of them. However, you still do not have a way to check whether a move works or is valid. It would be wasteful to send a transaction with an invalid move, it is better to catch such a mistake before submitting a transaction. So you are going to create a query to discover whether a move is valid.

Ignite CLI can again help with a simple command:

Copy $ ignite scaffold query canPlayMove \ gameIndex player fromX:uint fromY:uint toX:uint toY:uint \ --module checkers \ --response possible:bool

This creates the following query objects:

Copy type QueryCanPlayMoveRequest struct { GameIndex string Player string FromX uint64 FromY uint64 ToX uint64 ToY uint64 } type QueryCanPlayMoveResponse struct { Possible bool Reason string // Actually, you have to add this one by hand. }

It also creates a function that should look familiar:

Copy func (k Keeper) CanPlayMove(goCtx context.Context, req *types.QueryCanPlayMoveRequest) (*types.QueryCanPlayMoveResponse, error) { ... // TODO: Process the query return &types.QueryCanPlayMoveResponse{}, nil }

Now you must fill in the gaps under TODO. Simply put:

  1. Is the game finished? You should add a Winner to your StoredGame first.

  2. Is it an expected player?

    Copy isBlack := req.Player == "b" isRed := req.Player == "r" var player rules.Player if isBlack && isRed { player = rules.StringPieces[storedGame.Turn].Player } else if isBlack { player = rules.BLACK_PLAYER } else if isRed { player = rules.RED_PLAYER } else { return &types.QueryCanPlayMoveResponse{ Possible: false, Reason: fmt.Sprintf("%s: %s", "message creator is not a player", req.Player), }, nil }
  3. Is it the player's turn?

    Copy game, err := storedGame.ParseGame() if err != nil { return nil, err } if !game.TurnIs(player) { return &types.QueryCanPlayMoveResponse{ Possible: false, Reason: fmt.Sprintf("%s: %s", "player tried to play out of turn", player.Color), }, nil }
  4. Attempt the move in memory without committing any new state:

    Copy _, moveErr := game.Move( rules.Pos{ X: int(req.FromX), Y: int(req.FromY), }, rules.Pos{ X: int(req.ToX), Y: int(req.ToY), }, ) if moveErr != nil { return &types.QueryCanPlayMoveResponse{ Possible: false, Reason: fmt.Sprintf("%s: %s", "wrong move", moveErr.Error()), }, nil }
  5. If all checks are passed, return the OK status:

    Copy return &types.QueryCanPlayMoveResponse{ Possible: true, Reason: "ok", }, nil

The player's move will be tested against the latest validated state of the blockchain. It does not test against the intermediate state being calculated as transactions are delivered, nor does it test against the potential state that would result from delivering the transactions still in the transaction pool.

A player can test their move only after the opponent's move is included in a previous block. These types of edge-case scenarios are not common in your checkers game, and you can expect little to no effect on the user experience.

This is not an exhaustive list of potential queries. Some examples of other possible queries would be to get a player's open games, or to get a list of games that are timing out soon. It depends on the needs of your application and how much functionality you willingly provide.

If you would like to get started on building your own checkers game you can go straight to the main exercise in Run Your Own Cosmos Chain, either natively with SDK v0.50 or with Ignite CLI to start from scratch.

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To summarize, this section has explored:

  • Queries, one of two primary objects handled by a module in the Cosmos SDK, which inspect a module's state and are always read-only.
  • How a query is a request for information (which could be about the network, about an application, or about the application's state) that is made by end-users of an application through an interface.
  • How queries do not require consensus to be processed as they do not trigger state transitions, meaning they can be handled entirely independently by a full node.