- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (May 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785285769
- ISBN-13: 978-1785285769
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 417 g
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Rust Essentials Paperback – 27 May 2015
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Ivo Balbaert is currently a lecturer of (web) programming and databases at CVO Antwerpen (www.cvoantwerpen.be), a community college in Belgium. He received a PhD in applied physics from the University of Antwerp in 1986. He worked in the software industry as a developer and consultant for several companies for 20 years and as a project manager at the University Hospital of Antwerp for 10 years. From 2000 onwards, he switched to partly teaching and partly developing software (KHM Mechelen, CVO Antwerp). He wrote an introductory book in Dutch about developing in Ruby and Rails, Programmeren met Ruby en Rails, Van Duuren Media. In 2012, he authored a book on the Go programming language, The Way To Go, iUniverse. In 2013, in collaboration with Dzenan Ridzanovic, he wrote Learning Dart and Dart Cookbook, both by Packt Publishing. In 2014, he wrote Getting Started with Julia, Packt Publishing.
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Everything in this book can be found on the Rust web site. The author apparently recognizes this as he consistently states "more information can be found by going to..." with a URL to the Rust language reference annotating his topic. However if I am being redirected to the web site, why do I need your book?
The book itself is poorly written, and very short touching lightly on each subject matter. The whole project appears to have been rushed to take advantage of the Rust 1.0 release. In one of the first chapters on variables there is a section explaining the difference between immutable and mutable variables which I believe to be critical to a proper understanding of Rust. A few short sentences and light example is given before the author dives within the same section to varible type casting. Another section on attributes is given a few short sentences with some semblance of an explanation, and then the reader is again redirected to the Rust web site. This constant swift treatment with a reference to the Rust site is rampant throughout the entire book making the whole thing appear to have been thrown together at the last minute. I gave up reading halfway through the book, and returned back to the Rust documentation on the Rust web site (as the author suggests).
I do not believe this book will offer anyone new to Rust a thorough introduction to the language. If anything it is nothing more than a pamphlet giving a brief explanation of the features of Rust. Save your money and just read the Rust site documentation. That is what the author wants you to do anyway.