Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

The frontend dev's illustrated Rust adventure survival guide

Liz Baillie (Tilde)
11:00am11:40am Thursday, May 11, 2017
Adopt This Now
Location: Meeting Room 12
Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.86, 7 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Beginner to intermediate frontend developers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic knowledge of Ruby and JavaScript (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Explore a 20-minute-long cartoon guide to Rust from a Rubyist's perspective and a text-based adventure-game version of this story
  • Understand some of the basic syntax and style differences between Ruby and Rust and be better equipped to begin learning any lower-level language without intimidation


Programming is an adventure, often more harrowing than it has to be. If you’re more used to higher-level languages like Ruby or JavaScript, learning a lower-level language like Rust can feel like an impossible journey that leaves you wishing for a well-written and heavily illustrated field guide.

Good news. Liz Baillie shares a 20-minute-long cartoon guide to Rust from a Rubyist’s perspective and offers a detailed tour of the code for a text-based adventure-game version written in both Ruby and Rust to highlight some of their similarities and differences.

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Liz Baillie


Liz Baillie currently wrangles the JavaScripts and herds the Rubies as an engineer at Tilde. Previously, she spent many years drawing comic books to a limited but enthusiastic audience. Liz is just getting started at contributing to open source projects and is already addicted. Please send help. (Don’t actually send help.)