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The Story: What's it like to go from C++ to Rust

Posted on 18/01/2022
by Client Server

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Erik Oseberg is a software developer in London who recently secured a new job through Client Server. He talks about his career and why he's making a move from C++ to Rust. 



What inspired you to become a software developer?

One of the first things I wanted to study was physics, but I didn't think it would make for an interesting job going forward. I liked how programming is sort of like a mix between creative, technical, and analytical work. It's not just analytical. You have to come up with solutions and it's a lot of teamwork which, I found really interesting.  I had a professor in college who was very into C++ and Rust and very low level things. I learned about it from him.

Tell us about the role you're moving into and why it appealed to you?

At my current job I program mostly in C++, and I'm moving into using Rust, which I picked up a little under half a year ago. Rust to me really felt like C++ if it was made in like 2050 in and not in 1972.  A lot of it was really difficult to learn, because Rust has a lot of very weird things that you have to figure out before you can really code it. It still just made a lot more sense to me than a lot of things in C++ though. I challenged myself a bit to get this Rust position.

How did you keep learning Rust on the side?

It was just a bunch of projects. I kind of found everything I could online now. Anything on YouTube, blog posts, the repo, and the documentation that they have as well. I went for just a bunch of like smaller projects that you would do when you learn a new language. I did some threading, and I made a couple of servers. Anytime I'd get a coding challenge, I'd do that in Rust. I really went into everything that I did and everything I program to really get it out and get up to show that I do care and I want to learn it and it seemed to do me some favors. It was good few months of work.

What was it like working with Client Server?

Working with Client Server was really nice. I worked with Rob. He asked me all the things that I want to do, and where I want to be. And he list out jobs from there. I said, I wanted to do Rust, or backend roles. I didn't get any web dev front end. They helped me a lot and took a lot of pressure of the job searching process. Which is really nice to have when you have, I don't know, 15 interviews in two weeks.


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