May 16, 2018
Rust, the programming language, seems to be really trendy these days. Trendy to me means shows up a lot on hacker news. Rust is really interesting language though, and I think the growing popularity is deserved.
Today I talk with Jim Blandy, one of the authors of Programming Rust. We talk about what problems rust is trying to solve, the unique language features and type system of rust. It includes both algebraic data types, type classes, and generics. There is even a proposal somewhere for adding HKT. We also touch on why it is so hard to secure code. Jim works on Firefox and his insights into the difficulty of writing secure code are super interesting.