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Tommy Byrd

One of the issues with a systems language is it isn't really transparent when a company has chosen to use Rust unless they talk about it openly or open source the tools. Dropbox has probably been the second biggest company talking about their use openly. Their GitHub Org has several public repos that come up as primarily written in Rust.

Additionally, one of the things that people seem to be doing with Rust is re-writing tools they previously wrote in another language. Some of the more popular things are terminal emulators, replacements for *nix command line tools, and various other small utilities. I think the past year or so has been filled with people experimenting with Rust on small things to work out how to be productive with the language. My hope is that 2018 will be the year we see some serious apps built primarily using Rust. Getting the Quantum engine into production was a serious milestone and Diesel just released it's first release candidate for 1.0. A few more big ships like that and I think Rust will be a strong contender for just about any application you'd want to build.

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Sergey Kislyakov πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Author

Thanks for your answer. I've seen some nix tools re-written in Rust recently, yes. My hopes goes to WebAssembly because I'm more of a Webdev guy.
Never heard of Diesel before. Thanks for sharing it :) I'll give it a look.

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