Introduction to The Rust Programming Language
Rust is one of the most popular programming languages in the world today. Rust is focused on performance and safety. It combines many of the performance advantages of C++, along with a focus on memory safety and other features that improve application security.
The tradeoff is that Rust can be difficult to learn, and is often not recommended as a first programming language. However, expert opinions vary on this, as the safety focus of Rust can actually help new programmers learn better programming than other languages. It just might take a little longer to learn than less challenging languages like Python or JS.
Rust is a strongly typed language, meaning that it has strict typing rules at compile time. This reduces ambiguity and increases safety. It is also statically typed, meaning that type safety is checked at compile time, rather than run-time.
History of Rust Language
Rust started in 2006 as a personal project of Graydon Hoare, a Research employee at Mozilla. In 2009, Mozilla began sponsoring Rust’s development and officially announced it in 2010.
Rust was developed for several years before its’ official release, with many aspects of the language changing, particularly the type system.
The first stable release, Rust 1.0 was unveiled on May 15, 2015.