What makes Rust special !

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Rust empowering the system programmers. “Safe Systems Programming with Rust”- by Dave Harman on Medium

The new language that is changing the way of programming thoughts and envisioned to be the future of system programming is, RUST, a language that’s secure and empowering! The amazing Mozilla community worked for years behind this project to adhere this rewarding experience. The project was solely backed by Project Quantum initiative alongside leveraging the innovation of Servo web Engine. The co-founder of Mozilla Research says Rust can be the future backbone for Firefox browser. However, the language seems to be much more than that. Now, we’ll be talking here about the groundbreaking aspects of this language that makes it potential future of system programming and parallelism.

This write-up is not intended for those who wish to learn coding Rust, rather who might have just heard of the language a bit and want to deep dive into the functionalities and powers coming with Rust!

1. Dive down the Lowest Level of Programming

Rust’s marriage with the low-level programming is the most fascinating feature of the language that attracts most of the developers to grasp it very easy, especially those having the understanding of C or C++.  From a survey out by StackOverflow, nearly 79.1% of the Rust users want to keep working with the language over all others, being in love with the possibilities coming along.

Empowering the C or C++ programmers making them more effective, Rust lets people with fewer/no previous experience on low-level language to take a grasp of secure system programming.

What are the advantages of this!

  • Less time to avoid pitfalls
  • Confidence programming on the system level
  • Get’s your back in shipping code right away
  • No need to master intense no. of discipline writing production code
  • Easier to reach for more ambitious goal to the new programmers

2. Parallelism made easier than elsewhere

The developers of the RUST claims the language easy and safe to write parallel code with it. Let’s talk what it actually means in a logical sense.

Parallelism is the multiple runs of the same code in different process at the same time while it’s a lot harder to enable in any system than it sounds. Developers, do avoid parallelism in most of the cases because when the same code executed through multiple processes, only a wizard can say there will be no bugs and they don’t want to adhere to the risk.

In Rust, there’s actually no opinion on concurrency or parallelism. But, what Rust actually allows you to do is, make it relatively easy to design your own concurrency paradigm as a library and have everyone else’s code Just Work with yours. Just require the right lifetimes and Send and Sync where appropriate and you’re off to the races. Or maybe there will be no race at all.

Rust gives you the ownership of parallelism to decide which threads are oriented in the memory and which gets out. And thus makes it easier to write multithreaded code than in other languages.

 

 We felt there were wins to be had by using a new programming language, one that could enable browser developers to write faster, more parallel, and more secure code 

3. Secure System Language they say

We’ll be much wondered to learn how Rust allows you track the ownership of the system memory. Allowing to write multithreaded code, Rust lets you track specifically which thread is using the part of the memory and when. Where in C and C++, the common errors responsible for potential system vulnerability through attack vectors, Rust is immune to that kind of system bugs. It is secure in a way that the Rust compiler lets you track your thread and where exactly it’s used in the memory and you can fix the bugs before it’s even executed.

While in compilation Rust eliminates a lot of programming errors immediately those lead to security vulnerabilities in most cases. This is absent in the pretty decent powerful low level language like C and C++.

Thus Rust offers less chance of intensely disastrous security flows and brings more safety to the system. So before you even ship your product to the users, you get the most of the probable safety errors fixed while in coding phase which gives the developers confidence to hack the system programming without fear. Probably this might be the primary reason Rust lang is loved by most of the system developers that it empowers them with safety coding.

4. Leverage Modern Hardware Capabilities

When you write code in Rust, you not only make it faster through concurrency also give the hardware quarter time to run the processes in the whole of the single process runtime. Thus save one-fourth of the battery life. Hence, this gives wider capabilities of exploring the modern hardware.

Mozilla is seriously looking forward to the possibilities of this amazing language and it’s said there may be a promising future of Rust in programming the parallel system processes. Since you can start writing code in Rust for production without being an expert, the time is now you give this language a try leaving behind your comfort/non-comfort zone of expertise.

Learn more about the language in the following videos coming straight from the developers of the language.

In the upcoming day’s I wish to research and share more on the Rust context. As I publish, you will find the updates under the Open Source tab of this blog.

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asma

Asma Swapna is a tech content writer at Brain Station 23 and an active open source enthusiast. She conventionally writes on the fact that interests her most. Asma's recent R&D enlists SDN, RUST lang and corporate behavior.

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Asma Swapna is a tech content writer at Brain Station 23 and an active open source enthusiast. She conventionally writes on the fact that interests her most. Asma's recent R&D enlists SDN, RUST lang and corporate behavior.

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