[rust-dev] Work with records in C style

Sebastian Sylvan sebastian.sylvan at gmail.com
Fri Apr 13 08:30:39 PDT 2012

On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 5:39 AM, Alexander Stavonin
<a.stavonin at gmail.com> wrote:
> When we want to create a new record we have to enumerate all fields during creation:
> let base = {x: 1, y: 2, z: 3};
> This idea is very good, until we are working with small records, without internal subrecords or with low count of field. What is the best way for big records initializing? For example:
> type sockaddr4_in = {sin_family: i16, sin_port: u16, sin_addr: in4_addr,
>                     sin_zero: (x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x)};
> How to initialize it quick and easy? Idea with using "with" keyword is not too god, as in that case I have to enumerate all fields at list once.
> How about C/C++ style, something like that?
> let addr = sockaddr4_in::any_keyword_as_you_like();
> or
> let addr = sockaddr4_in();

What about when the initial values need to be, say, 1 rather than 0,
or "Unknown Name" instead of "", or NaN instead of 0.0f, etc.? Granted
the latter may be slightly more common, but it seems like a hack to
treat it specially just the same, in order to save a tiny bit of
typing to create a "default" record that people can copy from.

Sebastian Sylvan

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