My Second Week Learning Rust

Ownership? more like getting owned by Rust

Unfortunately, my second week with Rust was a bit slow. From having work to having a task asked by a current customer to add to their site, I barely had any time to study. Although I am glad, this was the case. I will explain why.

Thoughts on my second week

  • The second week was hard. I had to learn about ownership and what the heck is that?
  • ownership is not something that you can pick up quick; at least, I am still trying to understand how it works
  • I learned a bit more about the heap and stack they are big in a language like Rust
  • structs are not too bad if you have worked with TypeScript a few gotchas there though

Ownership rules

There are three main rules when it comes to ownership:

  • each variable has an owner
  • there can only be one owner at the time
  • when the owner goes out of scope, the value will be dropped

These sound simple enough doesn't it? reality? It is not I will try to explain what ownership is, this is my second week, so I could be wrong when explaining this.

The first thing to note is why does Rust have this concept of ownership is because it has to deal with memory management, and unlike other languages, Rust does not have a garbage collection. This makes Rust faster than most languages.

Ownership means that a variable cannot be used by another expression or reassigned somewhere in your code.


The example that we have is quite simple we declare a variable_a, then we try to assign variable_b the value of the variable; however, this does not work because if you remember, we can only have one owner, meaning this would give us an error.

Dealing with ownership is a difficult concept, and we have to understand the Stack and the heap in the heap. You can think where data that is not fixed on size is stored, whereas the stack data that is fixed on size is stored. These can be, for example, a bool variable, also stored in the stack, is much faster than the heap.

We can change ownership using & this allows the user to change ownership by burrowing the value of the variable like so


This works because we are using the & to borrow the value. This will not give us an error. We can also use the clone method, which would create a new variable on the heap. However, cloning is expensive to do.

Now there is a lot more going on with ownership, and quite honestly, I am still learning about it; I will link a video that really helped me understand ownership a lot better video

I've also learned about structs, and to me, they were pretty similar to interfaces/types on TypeScript to use a struct is quite simple; we do it like so


this is very similar to TypeScript to use it as well its pretty simple; our variable needs to have the values that are in our struct


If we need to change some value from it, remember that variables are immutable by default, so you need to add the mut keyword to it. We can also refer to the value from the previous variable using dot notation.


or another way, if the values are the same in both, you can use the short syntax version .. kind of like the spread operator in JavaScript

Structs can also have methods; methods are just like functions

the first parameter is self this means is an instance of the struct the method is being called on


imp1 implements Rectangle, and we add an area fn this area function takes a self parameter to refer to the rectangle struct, we also use &self in the area function because we do not want to have ownership only borrow this way, we can access the area function just like a regular object in Javascript

There is a lot more to these topics, but I will stop here. This is just a quick intro and what I think they are.

As mentioned in my previous post, I am a beginner in Rust, so if you see a mistake and want to correct me or inform me differently, please do so in the comments. It will be appreciated 😃

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