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9 Best Free Books to Learn about Rust

Last Updated on June 14, 2023

6. A Gentle Introduction To Rust by Steve J Donovan

A Gentle Introduction to RustThe aim of this tutorial is to take you to a place where you can read and write enough Rust to fully appreciate the various learning resources available online.

The book covers a fairly wide range of material including structs, enums and matching, filesystem and processes, modules and Cargo. It then provides material on standard library containers, error handling, threads, networking and sharing. The final chapters cover object-oriented programming, parsing with Nom, and areas of Ruby that can cause issues.

The book is published under the MIT license.

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7. Rust for Rubyists by Steve Klabnik

Ruby-for-RubyistsThis was the author’s first community tutorial for Rust. He since moved on to improving the official documentation and The Rust Programming Language.

Rust for Rubyists is an introductory text.

There’s also a GitHub code repository available at

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8. Learn Rust With Entirely Too Many Linked Lists by Alexis Beingessner

Learn Rust With Entirely Too Many Linked ListsLearn Rust With Entirely Too Many Linked Lists teaches you basic and advanced Rust programming entirely by having you implement 6 linked lists.

  • The following pointer types: &, &mut, Box, Rc, Arc, *const, *mut.
  • Ownership, borrowing, inherited mutability, interior mutability, Copy.
  • All The Keywords: struct, enum, fn, pub, impl, use, …
  • Pattern matching, generics, destructors.
  • Testing.
  • Basic Unsafe Rust.

This book is published under the MIT license.

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9. The Embedded Rust Book by Jorge Aparicio, James Munns, and others

The Embedded Rust BookThe Embedded Rust Book: An introductory book about using the Rust Programming Language on “Bare Metal” embedded systems, such as Microcontrollers.

Embedded Rust is for everyone who wants to do embedded programming while taking advantage of the higher-level concepts and safety guarantees the Rust language provides.

This book tries to be as general as possible but to make things easier for both the readers and the writers it uses the ARM Cortex-M architecture in all its examples. However, the book doesn’t assume that the reader is familiar with this particular architecture and explains details particular to this architecture where required.

This book caters towards people with either some embedded background or some Rust background, however we believe everybody curious about embedded Rust programming can get something out of this book.

The code samples and free-standing Cargo projects contained within this book are licensed under the terms of both the MIT License and the Apache License v2.0. The written prose contained within this book is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA v4.0 license.

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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – The Rust Programming Language and more books
Page 2 – Why Rust? and more books

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