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Hands-On Microservices with Rust

By : Denis Kolodin
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Hands-On Microservices with Rust

By: Denis Kolodin

Overview of this book

Microservice architecture is sweeping the world as the de facto pattern for building web-based applications. Rust is a language particularly well-suited for building microservices. It is a new system programming language that offers a practical and safe alternative to C. This book describes web development using the Rust programming language and will get you up and running with modern web frameworks and crates with examples of RESTful microservices creation. You will deep dive into Reactive programming, and asynchronous programming, and split your web application into a set of concurrent actors. The book provides several HTTP-handling examples with manageable memory allocations. You will walk through stateless high-performance microservices, which are ideally suitable for computation or caching tasks, and look at stateful microservices, which are filled with persistent data and database interactions. As we move along, you will learn how to use Rust macros to describe business or protocol entities of our application and compile them into native structs, which will be performed at full speed with the help of the server's CPU. Finally, you will be taken through examples of how to test and debug microservices and pack them into a tiny monolithic binary or put them into a container and deploy them to modern cloud platforms such as AWS.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)

Creating a microservice with actix-web

In this section, we will create a microservice that looks similar to other microservices we created in Chapter 9, Simple REST Definition and Requests Routing with Frameworks, but use an actors model internally to achieve full resource utilization.

To create a microservice using actix-web, you need to add both the actix and actix-web crates. First, we need to start the System actor that manages the runtime of other actors. Let's create a System instance and start an actix-web server with the necessary routes.

Bootstrapping an actix-web server

Starting an actix-web server instance looks similar to other Rust web frameworks, but requires a System actor instance. We don...