July 13, 2010


Remember my rant on trying to find a better language for programming enterprise applications ? Well, Rust might be a valid candidate. Here are some of its features as found in the FAQ:

  • Memory safe. No null pointers, wild pointers, etc. Automatic storage management.
  • Mutability control. Immutable by default. No shared mutable state across tasks.
  • Typestate system: ability to define complex invariants that hold over data structures.
  • Very lightweight tasks (coroutines). Cheap to spawn thousands-to-millions.
  • Multi-paradigm. pure-functional, concurrent-actor, imperative-procedural, OO.
  • First class functions with bindings.
  • Structurally-typed objects (no nominal types or type hierarchy).
  • Multi-platform. Developed on Windows, Linux, OSX.
  • Practical rule-breaking: can break safety rules, if explicit about where and how.

Actors, first class functions, cheap coroutines: Rust definitely is a contender. I'll have to keep an eye on this one.

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