[rust-dev] box syntax question

Corey Richardson corey at octayn.net
Wed Jul 2 19:39:01 PDT 2014

The full syntax is: "box" ["(" EXPR ")"] EXPR

The first expression is the "boxer", or where the result of the second
expression will be stored. GC and HEAP are special cased right now as
the only boxers, but the goal is to use a trait such that you can use
Rc, arenas, vectors, or any other arbitrary type as a boxer.

On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM, Oscar Boykin <oscar at twitter.com> wrote:
> Once in the tutorial, I see this syntax:
> let x = box(GC) [1i, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10];
> It seems to me, that should be: box<Gc>, as it feels like box is referring
> to a container type (which the default type is Box<_>, but may be Rc<_> or
> Gc<_>).
> What is the principle behind the current notation? What is "GC" is this
> context other than a special string that is a one-off syntax?
> --
> Oscar Boykin :: @posco :: http://twitter.com/posco
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