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Hands-On Data Structures and Algorithms with Rust

By : Claus Matzinger
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Hands-On Data Structures and Algorithms with Rust

By: Claus Matzinger

Overview of this book

Rust has come a long way and is now utilized in several contexts. Its key strengths are its software infrastructure and resource-constrained applications, including desktop applications, servers, and performance-critical applications, not forgetting its importance in systems' programming. This book will be your guide as it takes you through implementing classic data structures and algorithms in Rust, helping you to get up and running as a confident Rust programmer. The book begins with an introduction to Rust data structures and algorithms, while also covering essential language constructs. You will learn how to store data using linked lists, arrays, stacks, and queues. You will also learn how to implement sorting and searching algorithms. You will learn how to attain high performance by implementing algorithms to string data types and implement hash structures in algorithm design. The book will examine algorithm analysis, including Brute Force algorithms, Greedy algorithms, Divide and Conquer algorithms, Dynamic Programming, and Backtracking. By the end of the book, you will have learned how to build components that are easy to understand, debug, and use in different applications.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Hello Rust!

First, thank you for picking up a copy of this book! Many of you will only have talked about the topic of algorithms and data structures back in university. In fact, regardless of whether this is your first endeavor in programming or not, we worked hard to make this book a great learning experience. Our primary focus will be the unique influence of Rust on algorithm and data structure design, so we would like to start with a recap of important fundamentals.

Starting off with the Rust 2018 edition changes, we will cover how borrowing and ownership, mutability, and concurrency influence how and where data can be held, and what algorithms can be executed. In this chapter, you can look forward to learning about the following:

  • A quick refresh on Rust and what awaits in the 2018 edition (Rust 1.31)
  • The latest and greatest about borrowing and ownership
  • How we can leverage concurrency and mutability properly
  • References (not pointers!) to where Rust lives