Microsoft Previews 'Rust for Windows'

From Mike Melanson’s “This Week in Programming” column:

“The Rustening at Microsoft has begun,” tweeted Microsoft distinguished engineer Miguel de Icaza.

What de Icaza is referring to is a newly-offered course by Microsoft on taking the first steps with Rust, which much of the Twitterverse of Rust devotees sees as a sign that the company is further increasing its favor for their crab-themed language of choice. Of course, this isn’t the first we’ve heard of Microsoft looking to Rust to handle the 70% of Microsoft vulnerabilities that it says come from using the memory-unsafe C++ programming language in its software. A few years back now, Microsoft launched Project Verona, a research programming language that takes a bite from Rust in the realm of ownership and is said to be inspired by Rust, among others.

More recently, however, Microsoft announced the preview of Rust for Windows, which “lets you use any Windows API (past, present, and future) directly and seamlessly via the windows crate (crate is Rust’s term for a binary or a library, and/or the source code that builds into one).” With Rust for Windows, developers can now not only use Rust on Windows, they can also write apps for Windows using Rust…

According to the project description, the Windows crate “lets you call any Windows API past, present, and future using code generated on the fly directly from the metadata describing the API and right into your Rust package where you can call them as if they were just another Rust module” and that, along with the introduction of a course for learning Rust, is precisely what has all those Rust devotees so excited.
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