Before continuing through learning Rust I hit a wall, I had everything I need installed last time and it was enough…. right?

WRONG! Or at least not so much wrong… the thing with Nightly Builds is that they are done, well… nightly. So maybe yesterday you had a perfect good working ecosystem and the next morning everything is chaotic.

So how can I update rust and cargo? It turned out that there is a script called rustup.sh maintained by Rustaceans which solves this problem. Courtesy of Bryce Fisher

curl https://static.rust-lang.org/rustup.sh | sudo sh

Basically it detects your system (if is supported), download the right tarball and after finishing it extracts it and install the new version (it appears to remove the old one).

Now, moving on…

Cargo

crates

Cargo is a package+project manager for Rust that: build your project, download dependencies and build them. The best part is that Rust and Cargo comes as a bundle, install Rust by official means and you get Cargo as a gift, sort of.

Convert a project

Create a Cargo.toml file and move your files to folders which Cargo designates them to when created automatically, like *.rs to src folder. This is the excerpt from crates.io conventions section:

  • Cargo.toml and Cargo.lock are stored in the root of your project.
  • Source code goes in the src directory.
  • External tests go in the tests directory.
  • The default executable file is src/main.rs.
  • Other executables can be placed in src/bin/*.rs.
  • The default library file is src/lib.rs.

Creating a project

Just run cargo new project_name for libraries and add –bin for programs

Building and Running

To build (including dependencies) you can execute cargo build then to run the target you would ./target/debug/product_name If you only desire to compile and run just go cargo run to compile and run.

The guide in crates.io has much more information, I won’t dive deeper on it right now but Cargo.toml is similar to bundler’s Gemfile and Cocoapods’ Podfile.

I wanted to show this to you as I’m going to keep using as one of my backpack’s main item during our journey.

Quest’s Monsterpedia

TOML TOML aims to be a minimal configuration file format that’s easy to read due to obvious semantics. TOML is designed to map unambiguously to a hash table. TOML should be easy to parse into data structures in a wide variety of languages.