[rust-dev] Fwd: &self/&mut self in traits considered harmful(?)

Vladimir Matveev dpx.infinity at gmail.com
Tue Jun 17 04:41:37 PDT 2014

> Overloading Mul for matrix multiplication would be a mistake, since that operator does not act the same way multiplication acts for scalars.

I think that one of the main reasons for overloading operators is not their genericity but their usage in the code.

    let a = Matrix::new(…);
    let x = Vector::new(…);
    let b = Vector::new(…);
    let result = a * x + b;

Looks much nicer than

    let result = a.times(x).plus(b);

In mathematical computations you usually use concrete types, and having overloadable operators just makes your code nicer to read.

That said, for mathematicians it is absolutely not a problem that multiplication for matrices works differently than for scalars.

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