Rust China Conf is the largest grassroots event for the Rust programming language in China. As Amazon, Microsoft, and others in the US, Chinese tech companies are increasingly using Rust in mission-critical production software systems. Huawei, Bytedance (parent company of Tiktok), Ant Group, Agora, and other big companies and startups showed how they used Rust at the confernce.
Rust China Conf is the largest grassroots event for the Rust programming language in China. The 2020 edition of this conference was held in Shenzhen, China, on December 25th and 26th. It is co-organized by the Rust China Community, Second State, and Huawei. Even in the middle of a global pandemic, the conference attracted over 300 in-person attendees and over 5000 developers watched the conference’s live stream.
A diverse group of developers and researchers joined the conference as speakers. Niko Matsakis and Steve Klabnik from the Rust core team also participated through video links. The speakers shared thoughts ranging from best practices in real-world Rust applications to visions for the future of Rust.
Rust started as a niche language for systems programming at Mozilla. But its elegant design, built-in memory safety, strong compiler, and high performance have gained much acceptance beyond systems programmers. For the past five years in a row, Rust is voted as the most beloved programming language by Stack Overflow users.
As Amazon, Microsoft, and others in the US, Chinese tech companies are increasingly using Rust in mission-critical production software systems. At Rust China Conf 2020, how Rust is used inside Huawei, Bytedance (parent company of Tiktok), Ant Group, Agora, and other big companies was learned.
Huawei uses Rust to develop a real-time OS for IoT devices, and in the StratoVirt project, a high-performance virtualization platform. According to engineers at Huawei, the company organizes routine Rust training and evaluation activities to encourage its large number of C/C++ developers to write safer code. Bytedance has a popular team collaboration product called Lark. It uses Rust to create shared native libraries across all of its mobile clients. It could also use the same Rust library, compiled to WebAssembly, on their web client. Ant Group, a digital payment platform, uses Rust to build a high-performance time-series database, CeresDB. Agora (NASDAQ: API), a real-time audio and video communication provider, uses Rust to grow its developer community. It has a Rust SDK around its C-based core libraries.
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