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[@ Stanford] Barriers to Learning Rust, Wasmer

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Stanford University

Stanford University, 450 · Stanford, CA

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We are in Jordan Hall, Building 420, Lecture Hall 041. Free parking is available at the main oval at 20 Palm Dr. Signs leading to the lecture hall begin in front of the oval.

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We are delighted to announce that the next Rust meetup in Silicon Valley will be held at Stanford University in Jordan Hall,[masked] (see the side panel for detailed directions) on Tuesday, February 26th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm! Excellent food and drinks will be provided by our friends at PingCAP in Redwood City, the team behind TiKV, a distributed transactional key-value store built in Rust.

We have two incredible 30 minute talks lined up as well as plenty of time before and after for discussion. Doors will open at 6:30pm. We will be checking RSVP confirmations at the door. The first talk by Will Crichton and Anna Zeng will begin at 7:15pm, while the second talk by Syrus Akbary will begin at 8:10pm. Talk details are below:


Identifying Barriers to Adoption for Rust through Hacker News and Reddit
Will Crichton, Anna Zeng

For many people, Rust is a difficult programming language to learn. But what exactly creates the learning curve: the borrow checker? Functional programming? Slow compile times? We conducted a systematic review of new users' self-reported experiences with Rust based on a corpus of top posts on Hacker News and Reddit. In this talk, we'll share what we learned about the parts of Rust people love and hate, as well as discuss potential directions to lower the barrier to entry for future Rustaceans.


Wasmer - WebAssembly Outside the Browser
Syrus Akbary

What is WebAssembly? How we can use it from Rust? We will overview the unexplored side of WebAssembly in the server-side world through Wasmer, a Standalone JIT WebAssembly runtime, aiming to be fully compatible with Emscripten, Rust and Go.


We hope to see both new and familiar faces there!

- Sergio