[–] libman [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Rust is getting so dominant in the latest TechEmpower benchmarks that even a Mozilla-hater like me must take off his hat and bow...

I do believe that Nim and D could beat Rust, but such effort has not yet been made.

[–] techuser ago 

Agree with that

[–] roznak ago 

Too many different languages that lose support a few years from now why should you even start to learn this?

[–] libman [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The world needs a systems language that improves on C/C++ with zero-cost memory safety, module / package management, and other modern features. Rust is currently the leading contender (although I would personally prefer D or Nim).

Rust wins the most benchmarks and popularity contests in this category. Its module ecosystem is growing at an amazing 38% a year (Nim is second). It is backed by Mozilla, which (although I hate their leftist politics) is one of the largest open source orgs. Heck, Rust topped the StackOverflow survey of the "most loved" programming language for the fourth year in the row!

Furthermore, free open source languages cannot "lose support" entirely. It's not like a proprietary company that can go bankrupt and your investment in skill and code is suddenly worthless. There will always be a group of volunteers to continue making contributions and fork it if necessary. They can become less popular, but there would still be volunteers to maintain them. Heck, there's even an open source BASIC IDE that still runs on (Free)DOS! So everything written in Rust will remain fully viable for decades to come.

[–] voatercolonel 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Good summary of Rust. I love the language. D's great, but it needs to decide if it's garbage collected or not! Never looked at Nim, but isn't it basically a one-man project? Rust has the advantage of being backed by a major corporation (albeit an SJW-infested one).

I agree that Rust would survive in some form if Mozilla went under, but it would be a blow. The long-term financial viability of Mozilla is still Rust's biggest threat, IMO.