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Network Programming with Rust

By : Abhishek Chanda
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Network Programming with Rust

By: Abhishek Chanda

Overview of this book

Rust is low-level enough to provide fine-grained control over memory while providing safety through compile-time validation. This makes it uniquely suitable for writing low-level networking applications. This book is divided into three main parts that will take you on an exciting journey of building a fully functional web server. The book starts with a solid introduction to Rust and essential networking concepts. This will lay a foundation for, and set the tone of, the entire book. In the second part, we will take an in-depth look at using Rust for networking software. From client-server networking using sockets to IPv4/v6, DNS, TCP, UDP, you will also learn about serializing and deserializing data using serde. The book shows how to communicate with REST servers over HTTP. The final part of the book discusses asynchronous network programming using the Tokio stack. Given the importance of security for modern systems, you will see how Rust supports common primitives such as TLS and public-key cryptography. After reading this book, you will be more than confident enough to use Rust to build effective networking software
Table of Contents (11 chapters)


Rust is an open source project with a large number of contributors from all over the world. As with any such project, there are often multiple solutions to the same problems. The crate ecosystem makes this easier, since people can publish multiple crates that propose multiple ways of solving the same set of problems. This approach fosters a healthy sense of competition in true open source spirit. In this book, we have covered a number of different topics in the ecosystem. This chapter will be an addendum to those topics. We will discuss:

  • Coroutine and generator-based approaches to concurrency
  • The async/await abstraction
  • Data parallelism
  • Parsing using Pest
  • Miscellaneous utilities in the ecosystem