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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

Serving HTML, CSS, and JavaScript using Rust

In the previous chapter, we returned all our data in the form of JSON. In this section, we are going to return HTML data for the user to see. In this HTML data, we will have buttons and forms that enable the user to interact with the API endpoints that we defined in the previous chapter to create, edit, and delete to-do items. To do this, we will need to structure our own app views module that takes the following structure:

├── app
│   ├──
│   └──

Serving basic HTML

In our file, we will be defining the main view that displays the to-do items. However, before we do that, we should explore the simplest way in which we can return HTML in the file:

use actix_web::HttpResponse;
pub async fn items() -> HttpResponse {