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Vectors and Iterator Access in Rust

Be careful not to move things instead of borrowing them.

June 16, 2016Filed under Tech#rustMarkdown source

In the midst of doing my reading and research for New Rustacean episode 15 (which will be out fairly soon after I post this), I bumped into this little tidbit. It doesn’t fit in the episode, so I thought I’d share it here.

When you’re dealing with vectors in Rust, a common misstep when working with them via iterators is to move them when you only to borrow them. If you write for i in x where x is an iterator, you’ll move the iterator into the looping construct. Instead, you should nearly always write for i in &x to borrow a reference to the iterator, or for i in &mut x if you need to get a mutable reference to it.