Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Intro to Rust

Nathan Stocks (GitHub)
11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Emerging Languages and Frameworks
Location: Portland 256
Secondary topics:  Open Source
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 14 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Systems-level programmers, developers, engineers, device driver engineers, high-performance computists, wizards, warriors, and hobbits




Rust is a systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees thread safety.

Nathan Stocks leads a fast-paced introduction to Rust concepts, features, community, and language fundamentals. It’s a crash course in why Rust is awesome and how to use some of the awesomeness. You’ll learn how to create, compile, and run your own simple Rust project, familiarize yourself with the long list of Rust features, understand some of Rust’s strength’s and weaknesses, discover the current state of the Rust community, and explore the ownership system’s three parts—ownership, borrowing, and lifetimes.

If you’ve thought about getting into low-level systems programming, join in.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of general programming concepts
  • Familiarity with computer hardware and architecture (stack, heap, bits, bytes, etc.) and programming constructs (variables, types, loops, functions, etc.)
  • An intermediate mastery of any programming language (C or C++ preferred)

What you'll learn

  • Learn system-level programming paradigms, Rust language specifics, and sword-fighting tips
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Nathan Stocks


Nathan Stocks is an engineering manager of Git Infrastructure at GitHub by day and a hopelessly naive indie game developer by night. He likes growing maple trees from seed, playing Frisbee, spending time with his wife and kids, eating food, and pretending to be an expert on things he knows little about. He would love to manage to actually make a game in Rust that’s worth playing.