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Rust Web Programming - Second Edition

By : Maxwell Flitton
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Rust Web Programming - Second Edition

By: Maxwell Flitton

Overview of this book

Are safety and high performance a big concern for you while developing web applications? With this practical Rust book, you’ll discover how you can implement Rust on the web to achieve the desired performance and security as you learn techniques and tooling to build fully operational web apps. In this second edition, you’ll get hands-on with implementing emerging Rust web frameworks, including Actix, Rocket, and Hyper. It also features HTTPS configuration on AWS when deploying a web application and introduces you to Terraform for automating the building of web infrastructure on AWS. What’s more, this edition also covers advanced async topics. Built on the Tokio async runtime, this explores TCP and framing, implementing async systems with the actor framework, and queuing tasks on Redis to be consumed by a number of worker nodes. Finally, you’ll go over best practices for packaging Rust servers in distroless Rust Docker images with database drivers, so your servers are a total size of 50Mb each. By the end of this book, you’ll have confidence in your skills to build robust, functional, and scalable web applications from scratch.
Table of Contents (27 chapters)
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Part 1:Getting Started with Rust Web Development
Part 2:Processing Data and Managing Displays
Part 3:Data Persistence
Part 4:Testing and Deployment
Part 5:Making Our Projects Flexible
Part 6:Exploring Protocol Programming and Async Concepts with Low-Level Network Applications

Introducing the Actix Web framework

At the time of writing, Actix Web is the most popular Rust web framework as can be seen from the activity on the GitHub page. You might be tempted to jump into another framework that looks more ergonomic, such as Rocket, or one that is faster and more lightweight, such as Hyper. We will be covering these frameworks later in this book over various different chapters; however, we must remember that we are trying to get our heads around web programming in Rust first. Considering that we are new to Rust and web programming, Actix Web is a great start. It is not too low-level that we will get caught up with just trying to get a server to handle a range of views, database connections, and authentication. It is also popular, stable, and has a lot of documentation. This will facilitate a pleasant programming experience when trying to go beyond the book and develop your own web application. It is advised that you get comfortable with Actix Web before moving...