17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

Useful Rust

Florian Gilcher (asquera GmbH)
10:50–11:30 Monday, 17/10/2016
The new stuff
Location: Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A general knowledge of programming
  • No deep knowledge of Rust or fancy type systems necessary

What you'll learn

  • Gain easy entry points into Rust that don't require learning the whole language up front


The Rust programming language is a new systems programming language from Mozilla. It is intended to bring safer programming practices to low-level programing languages without giving up the control that is necessary on this level. Rust has a type system revolving around mutability, ownership, and sharing. This is most prominently known to be the secret sauce behind Rust’s guarantee for memory safety without a garbage collector, but it also allows much more.

It has been said that the complexity of Rust’s type system is a high toll to pay just to avoid having a garbage collector. These arguments miss that Rust’s guarantees are also very handy in day-to-day applications with less strict requirements.

Florian Gilcher uses Rust to present elegant, compiler-supported solutions for common problems of everyday applications as well as the infrastructure around them. None of the examples require any previous Rust knowledge and will be accompanied by examples in commonly known languages for reference.

Topics include:

  • Concurrency without fear: enforcing a single path of access to concurrent resources
  • Type system supported protocols: never accidentally use a closed connection again
  • Tamed mutability: how fine-grained control over mutability gives rise to better assumptions about the program
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Florian Gilcher

asquera GmbH

Florian Gilcher is a member of the global Rust community team and chairman of Rust Community Europe e.V.. He’s one of the organizers of the Rustfest conference as well as the longest-running Rust meetups, the Rust Hack and Learn Berlin.