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Turbofish in rust

Consider the following code (or run it in rust playground here):

If you ran it in the playground linked above, you will see the following compiler error.

Because collect() is so general, it can cause problems with type inference. As such, collect() is one of the few times you’ll see the syntax affectionately […]




Rust File Builder pattern for file read writes

  • March 20, 2021
  • Rust

Consider the following test code that creates a file, writes to it and then reads back to confirm what it wrote.

This test fails with a very cryptic and unhelpful message:

It will panic at this line file.read_to_string(&mut contents).unwrap(); What is happening is that File::create and File::open in rust are actually syntactic sugar […]




Temporary files and Temporary directory in Rust

  • March 20, 2021
  • Rust

I was looking for Python style temporary files and temporary directories in Rust. Very handy when writing tests for simulating actual files, or when we need to use files once or cache large amount of data for short time. We then let the operating system delete the files at a later time automatically or by […]




self in use statement in rust

  • March 18, 2021
  • Rust

I was going through some library code in a rust crate and this pattern had my head scratching: std::io::{self,Cursor}; What this is equivalent to is: use std::io; use std::io::Cursor; which means explicitly use std::io::Cursor and also use std::io itself. Thus, Cursor need not be prefixed but you’d still need to do io::BufReader and so on.




Bare bones vimrc (neovim) template for Rust

In preparing for a talk on Rust training for beginners, I thought of creating a very basic setup using vim. Instead of putting a textbook for .vimrc, with all the floatsam and jetsam of my 15 years of vim usage in different stacks, I’ve decided to remove all the fluff and kept the most basic […]




Rust tips: Box, RC, Arc, Cell, RefCell, Mutex

  • February 28, 2021
  • Rust

Difference Between Box, Rc, Arc, Cell (and its various variants.. RefCell, Mutex, RwLock) in Rust: Box is for single ownership. A great use case is to use this when we want to store primitive types (stored on stack) on heap. Rc is for multiple ownership. Arc is for multiple ownership, but threadsafe. RefCell is for […]




Unity Quest 2 checklist

The URP (Universal Render Pipeline) is still a work in progress as of writing this page. Unless you need high control on render pipeline RIGHT NOW, just stick to the 3D project template. 1. Asset Store -> “Oculus Integration” Download and install this package. This package is what “Google VR SDK for Unity” used to […]




Blender Tips and Key-Bindings

Since I came to Blender from Unity, up axis is Z in Blender, not Y. Tip: Keep Backface Culling option selected (you will see it in Viewport Shading). This will avoid problems of flipped normals. This is also a nice optimization feature. Note that this will affect objects that have no thickness. Like a plane. […]




New Node – Typescript project checklist

Assuming Node, npm, nvm are all installed and updated. 1) npm init -y : Create the package.json file. 2) npm install typescript –save-dev : Install the typescript compiler 3) npx tsc –init: create tsconfig.json file Now we want to automate our *.ts transpilation into javascript. 4) npm install ts-node –save-dev : In package.json, under scripts: […]




Responsive Images in a nutshell

General Page load speed is an important metric for SEO. Targeting images for the appropriate browsers goes a great deal in achieving this, particularly on mobile devices. We shall discuss the srcset attribute on the img tag to help us achieve this. This attribute is available on newer browsers. Before we start, we need to […]