Sunday, February 1, 2015

Some Notes on Rust, the Language

John Nagle:

Despite the claims in the Rust pre-alpha announcement of language definition stability, the language changes enough every week or so to break existing programs. This is a classic Mozilla problem; that organization has a track record of deprecating old features in Firefox before the replacement new feature works properly.


Rust is going to be a very important language, because it solves the three big problems of C/C++ that causes crashes and buffer overflows. The three big problems in C/C++ memory management are “How big is it?”, “Who owns and deletes it?”, and “Who locks it?”. C/C++ deals with none of those problems effectively. Rust deals with all of them, without introducing garbage collection or extensive run-time processing. This is a significant advance.

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