Rust 2020: A better ecosystem

This article is written in a response to A call for blogs 2020.

I’m fairly new to Rust, and thus my perspective is that of someone who is not quite sophisticated with the language. I think Rust is hard to learn but should be manageable for your average software developer given enough persistence.

Once you are over that barrier, you start thinking of building something in Rust. Probably, for the web, or a desktop application, or a mobile application; because that’s largely what many developers are building today.

The problem is, in my opinion, the Rust ecosystem is pretty much under-developed at this point. Especially, if you are targeting web, desktop or mobile. The infrastructure is simply not there. The crates have little maintainers, little documentation, no tutorials, and the tooling is just bad.

So here is how I think this should be approached:

For tooling, here is what I’m struggling with:


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