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Asynchronous Programming in Rust

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Product type Book
Published in Feb 2024
Publisher Packt
ISBN-13 9781805128137
Pages 306 pages
Edition 1st Edition
Languages
Author (1):
Carl Fredrik Samson Carl Fredrik Samson
Profile icon Carl Fredrik Samson

Table of Contents (16) Chapters

Preface 1. Part 1:Asynchronous Programming Fundamentals
2. Chapter 1: Concurrency and Asynchronous Programming: a Detailed Overview 3. Chapter 2: How Programming Languages Model Asynchronous Program Flow 4. Chapter 3: Understanding OS-Backed Event Queues, System Calls, and Cross-Platform Abstractions 5. Part 2:Event Queues and Green Threads
6. Chapter 4: Create Your Own Event Queue 7. Chapter 5: Creating Our Own Fibers 8. Part 3:Futures and async/await in Rust
9. Chapter 6: Futures in Rust 10. Chapter 7: Coroutines and async/await 11. Chapter 8: Runtimes, Wakers, and the Reactor-Executor Pattern 12. Chapter 9: Coroutines, Self-Referential Structs, and Pinning 13. Chapter 10: Creating Your Own Runtime 14. Index 15. Other Books You May Enjoy

async/await

The previous example could simply be written as the following using async/await keywords:

async fn async_main() {
    println!("Program starting")
    let txt = Http::get("/1000/HelloWorld").await;
    println!("{txt}");
    let txt2 = Http::("500/HelloWorld2").await;
    println!("{txt2}");
}

That’s seven lines of code, and it looks very familiar to code you’d write in a normal subroutine/function.

It turns out that we can let the compiler write these state machines for us instead of writing them ourselves. Not only that, we could get very far just using simple macros to help us, which is exactly how the current async/await syntax was prototyped before it became a part of the language. You can see an example of that at https://github.com/alexcrichton/futures-await.

The downside is of course that these...

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