Learning Rust

Welcome, new Rustacean! So you have decided that you want to start learning Rust. You are where I was in summer 2017. I have read a lot of stuff online, tinkered with some byte-sized newbie contributions to the Rust project, and generally just hung out with the Rust community both virtually and in person (at Rust Belt Rust in Columbus, OH). In case you start feeling a little lost and overwhelmed on where to look, let me give you the Newbie’s Guide of what I found to be super useful. There is still a steep learning curve for Rust and you will need to put in the time and practice. However, certain channels will superboost your initiation into the friendly Rustacean community before you become lost and frustrated.

One thing to note is that the Rust language has rapidly evolved in the past couple years, so some of the posts and examples online from 2015 and earlier may not be considered idiomatic anymore. This post will be point you towards resources that are regularly updated.

Learning Rust

Most of the Rust docs are quite intimidating. I would start with the Rust book while completing Rust exercism exercises and tinkering with Rust code in play.rust-lang.org. You can import some external crates in the Rust Playground. (Examples and list of supported crates)

It’s important to actually be writing Rust code and running it through the compiler while reading the book. I had read a few chapters of the Rust book and thought I knew Rust, but then realized I didn’t really understand the concepts well when I tried to write code that compiles.

Checking out the Rust community

Cool! So now you know some Rust and getting an idea of the syntax, semantics and concepts. What next?

Check out https://users.rust-lang.org/. One thing that is so cool about the Rust Language project is that it is transparent in how the language evolves. It is fascinating to read the threads and learn about how decisions are made for language development as well as increasing the usage and ergonomics of Rust for everyone. This includes Rust for developers that write production code, hobbyists, embedded systems, IDE support, Rubyists, Pythonistas, “frustrated C++ programmers”, and everyone and anyone that wants to know and learn more about Rust! :D

Look for a local Rust meetup to meet other Rustaceans in your area.

Community Updates

  • Subscribe to This Week in Rust.
  • Look for easy and help wanted issues to contribute to the Rust projects. You can “watch” this thread and get notified about new requests for contributions



  • Rust talks online (Rust YouTube channel). There are 3 conference series: RustConf (West USA), Rust Belt Rust (Rust Belt, Midwest USA), and RustFest (Europe).
  • Follow @RustVideos on Twitter


If you are still looking for more links to add to your heap (heaps can grow, stacks not B-)): https://github.com/rust-unofficial/awesome-rust

Best of luck in your journey and hope to see you around in the Rust community!