[Posted May 19, 2022 by corbet]
Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang has posted an extensive review of
the Rust language derived from the experience of writing “over
100k lines” of code.
Rust is a difficult language for authoring code because it makes
these “cheats” hard – as long as you have the discipline of not
using “unsafe” constructions to make cheats easy. However, really
hard does not mean impossible – there were definitely some cheats
that got swept under the rug during the construction of Xous.
This is where Rust really exceeded expectations for me. The
language’s structure and tooling was very good at hunting down
these cheats and refactoring the code base, thus curing the cancer
without killing the patient, so to speak. This is the point at
which Rust’s very strict typing and borrow checker converts from a
productivity liability into a productivity asset.
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