Rust for simple tasks

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  • rust-script

    Run Rust files and expressions as scripts without any setup or compilation step.

    In general, I try to err on the side of picking Rust. rust-script makes this more viable in places. Error reporting is still not great, though I haven't looked into libraries like eyre. It's really hard to argue with an ad-hoc Cargo.toml at the top of your file for dependency management. Much better than having a Python script knocking around with undocumented dependencies.

  • dotfiles

    My configuration files and personal collection of scripts. (by BurntSushi)

    Sometimes, yes. Example:

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  • vcr

    A simple wrapper tool around ffmpeg to capture video from a VCR. (by BurntSushi)

  • rust-cli-boilerplate

    Rust project boilerplate for CLI applications

    I put together this project boilerplate but, now, I'm exploring building a set of Vim snippets so I can use rust-script as my starting point and migrate to the project boilerplate later.

  • cargo-script

    Cargo script subcommand

    when I first started using rust, I knew python a lot better so I would write scripts with python. at this point though, I write a lot more rust than python these days, so I'll write pretty much everything with rust. cargo-script is a useful tool for this, as well as the self-compiling script:

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