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Rust Programming: The Complete Developer's Guide

Learn the Rust programming language from scratch! Learn how to code and build your own real-world applications using Rust so that you can get hired this year. No previous programming or Rust experience needed.

25 Days

Average time students take to complete this course.

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Taught by: Jayson Lennon
Last updated: February 2024

Course overview

We guarantee you that this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date Rust programming course that you can find to go from absolute beginner to learning the fundamentals of programming and getting hired as a Rust developer this year.

What you'll learn

  • Fundamentals of computer programming concepts such as conditional logic, loops, and data transformations
  • Foundational computer science topics such as computer memory, program logic, and simple data structures
  • Working with data: enums, structs, tuples, expressions, optional data and more
  • Solid understanding of all core concepts of the Rust programming language such as: memory, mutability, traits, slices, and generics
  • Reading and writing application code in the Rust programming language
  • Utilization of the Rust ecosystem to develop applications more efficiently
  • How to translate real-life requirements into working applications to solve real-world problems (and that you can add to your portfolio)
  • How to make your programs reliable through the use of automated testing and by leveraging features of the Rust language

Students continue to tell us that this course is the perfect complement to the official Rust-Lang Book (which is also a fantastic resource).

Why?

Because this course is focused on learning by doing, not watching endless tutorials with nothing to show for it. You are going to learn Rust by actually coding along and building your own Rust projects.

And you won't be learning Rust alone.

Because by enrolling today, you’ll also get to join our exclusive live online community classroom so that you'll be learning alongside thousands of students, alumni, mentors, TAs and Instructors.

Active. Thriving. Supportive. Helpful. Friendly. Motivating. Essential.

These are just a few of the words students use to describe the ZTM Discord which is also one of the biggest and most active developer communities on Discord.

Most importantly, you will be learning from (and with) Jayson, an industry expert that has actual real-world experience using Rust to build applications for companies.

But I don't know anything about Rust or programming!?

Perfect. This Rust programming course is built for you, the complete beginner who wants to learn how to code without getting overwhelmed by technical jargon and computer science topics.

We will start by teaching you the core programming concepts necessary to get started building applications while also providing a solid foundation for future learning.

The best way to learn programming is to actually DO IT!

That's why you will be writing engaging and interesting programs as quickly as possible.

How, you ask? This course features 30 coding exercises to complement the lectures, and are designed with real-world applications in mind.

Each exercise presents a problem with hints on how to implement a solution, so you can get the practice you need to be successful. The exercises are accompanied with a video demonstrating a possible implementation for the exercise, and line-by-line commentary on how the code accomplishes the task and why it works.

The information in this course is introduced in a thoughtful order, which means you will always be aware of what every bit of code in a program is doing, and how it works the way it does.

There is no need to wait until later in the course, or to study more advanced topics, in order to fully understand the code when presented.

This is accomplished by building up your knowledge through concise, easy to follow lectures that can be reviewed quickly.

By the end of this Rust course, you will learn:

  • Critical concepts necessary to work with code, without overwhelming detail
  • Creation of digital solutions for real-world problems
  • Reading and writing application code in the Rust programming language
  • Utilization of the Rust ecosystem to efficiently develop applications
  • Automated testing to enhance the reliability of your solutions
  • How to make your projects easier to work with through the use of generated documentation
  • Foundational computer science topics such as computer memory, program logic, and simple data structures

So this is just another course for beginners?

Come on now, is that a serious question?! We're Zero To Mastery. We would never do that to you. We go beyond the basics.

This course isn't just for beginner programmers, but any programmer who wishes to learn Rust.

If you have experience coding in a high level memory-managed language such as Python, JavaScript, or C#, then this course is a great introduction to the Rust programming language (which is a low-level programming language) and its unique memory model and syntax.

We also make sure to cover intermediate and advanced topics so that you can build projects can cut it in the real-world.

Check out the full list of lessons if you haven't already to see everything that is covered.

Like all of our courses, this course isn't about making you just code along without understanding the principles so that when you are done with the course you don’t know what to do other than watch another tutorial... No!

This course will push you and challenge you to go from an absolute beginner to someone that can build your own real-world Rust applications and get hired as a Rust developer 💪.

Graduates of Zero To Mastery are now working at Google, Tesla, Amazon, Apple, IBM, JP Morgan, Facebook, Shopify + other top tech companies.

They are also working as top freelancers getting paid while working remotely around the world.

And they come from all different backgrounds, ages, and experiences. Many even started as complete beginners.

So there's no reason it can't be you too.

When's the best time to get started? Today!

There's never a bad time to learn in-demand skills. But the sooner, the better. So start learning Rust today by joining the ZTM Academy. You'll have a clear roadmap to developing the skills to build your own projects, get hired, and advance your career.

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What you'll build

The best way you learn is by doing. Not just watching endless tutorials. That's why a key part of this course is the 30 coding exercises you'll complete and the real-world projects that you'll get to build. Plus they'll look great on your portfolio.

Billing App

Billing App

Get a firm grasp of Rust programming language fundamentals by creating an interactive CLI application to manage bills or expenses through the use of data structures and functions available in the standard library.

ClipStash

ClipStash

Learn how to write a high-performance web application by utilizing threaded and asynchronous programming by creating a clipboard web service featuring Handlebars template rendering, state and cookie management, and database connections.

Join Zero To Mastery Now

Don't just take our word for it

Our courses and community have helped 1,000s of Zero To Mastery students go from zero to getting hired to levelling up their skills and advancing their careers to new heights.

Awesome course. I'm so glad I found this course. I'm really enjoying the style and pace of this course. I'm finally learning Rust!

John Lupine

Excellent, clear, concise and structured presentation. No snags to get caught on, fast-pacing is a breeze.

Filip Filipovic

This is an absolutely fantastic course! It's clear that Jayson has put a lot of time and energy into creating this amazing source of knowledge for beginner Rust developers. I'll recommend it to everyone around me who wants to learn this language!

Attila Bakos

This course was excellent! I've worked professionally in Software Engineering for over a decade now and was skeptical at first, but the presentation style, demos, & activities were presented so clearly that I'm now a believer. Please do a follow-up course!

Peter Stratton

It was really tough to find a good way to start learning rust, as it isn't really an easy language to learn, but I feel like this course gave me the knowledge and confidence to start creating my own things in rust. Great course, will recommend.

Raymond Lieu

Course curriculum

To make sure this course is a good fit for you, you can start learning Rust for free right now by clicking any of the PREVIEW links below.

Intoduction

4 lectures

Rust Programming: The Complete Developer's Guide2:46

PREVIEW

Exercise: Meet Your Classmates and Instructor

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Course Projects + Code + Slides + Cheatsheet

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How-to's: Speed up videos, Downloading videos, Subtitles

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Rust Fundamentals

13 lectures

Intro2:26

PREVIEW

Data Types2:25

PREVIEW

Variables6:35

PREVIEW

Functions8:12

PREVIEW

println!3:04

PREVIEW

Control Flow with If8:38

PREVIEW

Repetition6:30

PREVIEW

Setup Rust4:49

PREVIEW

Comments3:36

PREVIEW

Activity: Functions7:08

PREVIEW

Numeric Types & Basic Arithmetic3:36

PREVIEW

Activity: Basic Math5:27

PREVIEW

Unlimited Updates

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Making Decisions with Rust

7 lectures

Control Flow: If & Else2:33

PREVIEW

Activity: Logic with If & Else3:59

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Activity: Logic with If & Else4:59

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Match Expression4:25

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Demo: Basic Match3:11

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Activity: Basic Match 14:03

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Activity: Basic Match 25:11

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Repetition

4 lectures

The Loop Expression4:48

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Activity: Loops4:58

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The While Loop3:22

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Activity: While Loops4:45

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Working With Data

12 lectures

Enums3:11

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Demo: Enums3:43

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Activity: Enums6:09

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Structs2:47

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Demo: Structs2:51

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Activity: Structs9:27

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Tuples3:31

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Demo: Tuples5:49

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Activity: Tuples5:55

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Expressions3:49

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Demo: Expressions5:09

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Activity: Expressions7:11

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Rust's Memory Model

4 lectures

Intermediate Memory Concepts3:34

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Ownership6:17

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Demo: Ownership6:06

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Activity: Ownership4:57

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Data Collections

8 lectures

Implementing Functionality9:20

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Activity: Implementing Functionality16:30

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The Vector Data Structure4:53

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Vector Basics & For Loops2:28

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Activity: Vectors & For Loops6:47

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About Strings4:00

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Demo: Strings4:28

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Activity: Strings7:23

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Expanding Knowledge

11 lectures

Deriving Functionality6:08

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Type Annotations4:07

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Enums Revisited3:59

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Demo: Advanced Match7:57

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Activity: Advanced match10:42

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The Option Type6:26

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Demo: Option4:26

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Activity: Option5:01

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Generating Documentation2:24

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Standard Library API docs3:33

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Activity: Standard Library API docs3:46

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Fallible Functions

4 lectures

The Result Type4:40

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Demo: Result14:16

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Activity: Result6:40

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Activity: Result & The Question Mark Operator7:51

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Data Collection: HashMap

3 lectures

The HashMap Data Structure4:20

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Working With HashMaps5:32

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Activity: HashMap Basics8:26

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Easier Data Management

10 lectures

Basic Closures4:41

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Map Combinator5:01

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Activity: Map Combinator8:07

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Option Combinator Pattern7:49

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Activity: Option Combinators4:23

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Using Iterators9:12

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Activity: Using Iterators5:14

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Ranges1:58

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If..let..else2:58

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while..let2:06

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Managing Code

8 lectures

Inline Modules4:02

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Activity: Inline Modules10:17

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Testing6:52

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Activity: Testing7:42

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External Crates6:28

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Activity: Adding an External Crate4:44

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External Modules10:27

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Activity: External Modules9:54

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Milestone Project: Billing Application

9 lectures

Gathering User Input14:21

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Activity: Gathering User Input22:47

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Mini Project: Introduction2:44

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Retrieve User Input3:16

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Creating The Main Menu Loop7:14

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Required Data Structures4:10

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Implementation: Adding & Viewing Bills13:00

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Implementation: Removing Bills6:50

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Implementation: Editing Bills9:15

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Shared Functionality

15 lectures

Traits4:54

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Demo: Traits4:58

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Activity: Traits5:58

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Implementing The "Default" Trait2:28

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Generics & Functions13:54

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Demo: Generics & Functions6:22

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Activity: Generics & Functions5:52

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Generic Structures10:06

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Generic Structures & impl Blocks7:58

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Demo: Generics & Structures6:38

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Activity: Generics & Structures10:18

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Advanced Memory Concepts8:50

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Trait Objects11:35

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Demo: Trait Objects7:26

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Activity: Trait Objects8:35

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Lifetimes

4 lectures

Ownership & Lifetimes9:03

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Demo: Lifetimes8:32

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Activity: Lifetimes & Structures10:49

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Activity: Lifetimes & Functions4:47

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Improving Program Reliability

16 lectures

Custom Error Types8:51

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Demo: Custom Error Types8:53

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Activity: Creating a Custom Error9:01

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const2:20

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New Type Pattern5:07

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Activity: Utilizing The New Type Pattern8:08

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TypeState Pattern4:13

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Demo: TypeState Pattern11:48

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Activity: TypeState Pattern7:41

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Demo: Match Guards & Binding6:22

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Activity: Match Guards & Binding8:45

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Arrays & Slices7:48

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Slice Patterns5:53

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Activity: Slices5:41

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Type Aliases5:22

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Exercise: Imposter Syndrome2:55

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Type Conversions

5 lectures

From/Into8:17

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TryFrom/TryInto3:56

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Demo: From/Into7:58

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Activity: TryFrom/TryInto10:15

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Numeric Limits & Numeric Type Casting7:59

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Parallel Execution

8 lectures

Passing Closures to Functions10:53

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Threads6:44

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Demo: Threads7:39

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Activity: Threads4:29

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Channels8:13

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Demo: Channels5:04

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Demo: Bidirectional Threaded Communication7:28

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Activity: Channels9:23

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Shared Ownership

8 lectures

Smart Pointers4:07

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Interior Mutability: Cell & RefCell8:06

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Demo: Smart Pointers & RefCell6:00

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Activity: Smart Pointers & ReffCell9:14

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Arc/Mutex8:38

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Threading: Deadlocks6:27

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Demo: Arc/Mutex4:15

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Activity: Arc/Mutex5:13

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Standard Library Tour

10 lectures

Enum Equality & Ordering3:42

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Struct Equality & Ordering4:23

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Operator Overloading7:24

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Iterators: Implementing Iterator for a Struct3:31

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Implement IntoIterator7:58

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Demo: Implementing IntoIterator9:23

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Activity: Implementing Iterator5:45

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Iterators: Custom Iteration Logic8:07

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Helpful Macros7:48

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Managing Integer Overflow5:39

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Other Language Features

5 lectures

Turbofish2:29

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Loop Labels2:44

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Loop Expressions2:34

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Struct Update Syntax2:47

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Escape Sequences & Raw Strings4:17

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Development Experience

3 lectures

rust-analyzer4:18

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clippy2:31

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error-lens1:27

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Crate Roundup

11 lectures

dotenvy2:32

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serde3:56

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rand4:20

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cached4:16

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regex5:17

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chrono7:31

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strum4:24

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derive_more6:32

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rayon4:00

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tracing6:29

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color-eyre4:15

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Resources

1 lectures

Helpful Links for Your Rust Career

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Final Project: Clip Stash

53 lectures

Async Primer7:51

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Introduction To The Project1:03

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Architecture3:38

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Walkthrough & Domain Structure Modules7:25

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Domain Errors6:02

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Domain Implementation: Content & Hits6:36

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Domain Implementation: Password6:27

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Domain Implementation: Shortcode7:32

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Domain Implementation: Title2:40

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Domain Implementation: Time6:48

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Domain Implementation: Expire & Posted5:03

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Domain Implementation: Dbld & Clipld6:00

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Recap & Error Correction5:18

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Database Type Aliases7:25

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Database Wrapper4:12

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Database Model11:56

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SQL Primer4:25

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sqlx cli1:42

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Database Query: Get Clip6:55

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Database Query: New Clip7:06

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Database Query: Update Clip3:51

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Recap & Next Steps4:18

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Service Layer: Errors7:34

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Service Layer: Get Clip11:22

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Service Layer: Add & Update Clip7:21

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Templates2:00

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Page Contexts6:15

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Template Renderer14:30

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Rocket Framework4:28

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Initial Web Setup3:46

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Web Forms9:19

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Homepage, Catchers, and Router5:45

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Rocket Configuration3:34

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Running the Server9:34

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Retrieving a Clip11:05

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Saving a Clip13:14

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Password Protected Clips7:12

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Raw Clips5:31

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Hit Counter1:39

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Hit Counter - Service & Data11:38

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Hit Counter Implementation part 112:27

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Hit Counter Implementation part 25:58

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Database Migration1:11

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API: Keys & Error Handling9:19

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API: Service & Queries7:10

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API: Request Guard6:43

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API: Routing12:06

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API Client: Cargo.toml & CLI Options8:38

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API Client: Get Clip & New Clip7:42

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API Client: Update Clip & Making Requests6:07

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Maintenance Tasks7:06

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Testing: Database9:14

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Testing: HTTP Routes10:00

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Declarative Macros

14 lectures

Overview6:54

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Detail15:39

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Demo: impl Blocks6:38

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Activity: Control Flow2:51

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Activity: impl Blocks2:34

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Repetitions8:46

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Demo: Repetitions3:14

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Activity: HashMap5:22

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Demo: Syntax Extension8:52

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Activity: Syntax Extension4:11

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Activity: Generating Tests6:31

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Activity: Function Tracer4:47

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Demo: Checked Config13:18

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Demo: Recursive tt Muncher6:40

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Where To Go From Here?

6 lectures

Thank You!1:17

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Review This Course!

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Become An Alumni

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Learning Guideline

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LinkedIn Endorsements

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Coding Challenges

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Meet your instructor

Your Rust instructor (Jayson) isn't just an expert with years of real-world professional experience. He has been in your shoes. He makes learning fun. He makes complex topics feel simple. He will motivate you. He will push you. And he will go above and beyond to help you succeed.

Jayson Lennon

Hi, I'm Jayson Lennon!

Jayson is a self-taught developer with numerous industry certifications. He has a unique ability to help students learn in the most effective way possible and provide lessons that are clear, detailed and easy to follow along.

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Jayson Lennon

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Frequently asked questions

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

  • A computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) with an internet connection. That's it!
  • No prior programming knowledge is required. You will learn everything from scratch
  • A willingness and enthusiasm to learn
  • This course is absolutely ideal for beginners. While you will learn many more advanced topics as well, this course might not be for you if you already have more than a few years of Rust experience

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who wants to gain a complete and practical understanding of the Rust programming language without needing ANY prior programming or Rust knowledge
  • You want a step-by-step guide to learn how to code using the Rust programming language from scratch all the way to being able to get hired at a top company as a Rust developer
  • Anyone with some programming experience that wants to learn a more powerful low-level programming language that is much safer and more preferred by big companies
  • Anyone who wants to learn the most-loved (voted on by 80,000+ developers for 5 years in a rows) and one of the fastest growing programming languages
  • Students who are frustrated with their current progress with all of the beginner Rust tutorials out there that don't go beyond the basics and don't give you real-world practice or skills you need to actually get hired
  • Bootcamp or online Rust tutorial graduates that want to go beyond the basics
  • You want to learn Rust from someone with real-world experience having designed, written, and deployed reliable and secure Rust-powered full-stack web applications

Do you provide a certificate of completion?

We definitely do and they are quite nice. You will also be able to add Zero To Mastery Academy to the education section of your LinkedIn profile as well.

Can I use the course projects in my portfolio?

Yes, you’d be crazy not to in our slightly biased opinion! All projects are downloadable and ready to use the minute you join.

Many of our students tell us the projects they built while following along with our courses were what got them interviews and because they built the projects themselves, they could confidently explain and walk through their work during the interview.

You know what that means? Job offer!

Are there subtitles?

Yes! We have high quality subtitles in 11 different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Romanian, Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese, Indonesian, and Japanese.

You can even adjust the text size, color, background and more so that the subtitles are perfect just for you!

Still have more questions about the Academy?

Still have more questions specific to the Academy membership? No problem, we answer some more here.

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