• @[email protected]
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    152 months ago

    Seems interesting. Wonder whether this is going to further spark Rust adoption in the enterprise.

    • @[email protected]
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      82 months ago

      It’s more likely that they see rust as a good successor to their legacy c++ code. Microsoft has always been heavily invested in C++ after all.

      They don’t want to sell rust. It’s not a money maker for them.

      • bluGill
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        72 months ago

        The article is clear that this is about C# not C++. Is the romance for managed languages wearing off - I wonder what issues they are seeing.

        Microsoft is big in C++, but they are also pushing C++ to be a lot safer. Modern C++ isn’t as safe as rust, but it is still much safer than C or C++98.

        • @notriddle
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          12 months ago

          Tail latency and memory usage?

          It’s hard for me to come up with any other big advantages that Rust has and C# couldn’t easily lift.

    • TechNom (nobody)
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      12 months ago

      I think enterprises are the early adopters and proponents of Rust. They seem so stoked about the memory safety aspect.

      • bluGill
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        12 months ago

        As a C++ developer memory safety catches my attention. I keep rejecting code reviews - in 2024! - because of naked new. Since experience proves I can’t get people to use the memory safety modern C++ offers I need to force the issue.

        unfortunaty rust has other choices that don’t play well with our existing C++ so it will be a long road.

  • AutoTL;DRB
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    52 months ago

    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Although headcount at Microsoft might currently be down – by two percent compared to the previous year – recruitment persists at the Windows giant.

    The Substrate does the heavy lifting behind the scenes for Microsoft’s cloud services, making a rewrite into Rust quite a statement of intent.

    Microsoft said: “We are forming a new team focused on enabling the adoption of the Rust programming language as the foundation to modernizing global scale platform services, and beyond.”

    Considering the growing enthusiasm for memory-safe programming, something Rust delivers with far less effort than the likes of C++, Microsoft’s move is unsurprising.

    Memorably, a Microsoft engineer had to rapidly backpedal issue a clarification after proudly proclaiming that Office 365 was being ported to JavaScript.

    In this instance, while Microsoft remains committed to C#, at least in public, its actions over the last few years and the job posting are indications that the company is keeping its options open.


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  • autokludge
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    42 months ago

    re-implementation of existing global scale C# based services to Rust.

    Rusty azure serverless functions?

    • TehPers
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      32 months ago

      Support for Rust on Azure Functions would be awesome. Custom handlers have a lot of limitations, are poorly documented, and are difficult to use. Having Rust be treated a first-class language would make it so much easier to write performant Function Apps in a language that isn’t C#.