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Re: Rust IPC and Integration Testing

Flatbuffers now has support for Rust - the PR was just merged in the last
couple days:

I hope to find some time in the next week or two to start experimenting
with this for Arrow IPC.


On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:09 PM Andy Grove <andygrove73@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> The author of the Rust version of FlatBuffers is now working on a public
> fork and seems to be making good progress. I just wanted to send a quick
> update on this since I am now back onto working on Arrow IPC in Rust (I'm
> sure this is going to take quite a while though so don't want to get
> anyones hopes up too much). For anyone that is interested, here is the
> FlatBuffers branch: https://github.com/rw/flatbuffers/tree/2018-02--rust
> Andy.
> On Sat, May 19, 2018 at 4:05 PM Wes McKinney <wesmckinn@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Sorry to hear, it's a bit of a rough situation with Flatbuffers and
>> Rust. One possibility is to build an interface to the Flatbuffers data
>> via flatcc (https://github.com/dvidelabs/flatcc) -- I wonder if these
>> bindings are header-only like C++ and if that makes things any easier
>> for you.
>> If you defined an API in Rust for reading and writing the Arrow
>> metadata that does not expose any Flatbuffers-specific details, then
>> once there is a production-grade Rust implementation of Flatbuffers,
>> the implementation details could be swapped out without disruption.
>> > my recent attempts at contacting the author have been unsuccessful
>> Have you e-mailed the author directly or only pings on GitHub? Pings
>> may not be making it to their inbox.
>> Appreciate your efforts on this; I think we'll see a lot more work in
>> data processing in Rust in the coming years.
>> - Wes
>> On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 9:21 AM, Andy Grove <andygrove73@xxxxxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > Now that the refactor I've been working on has been merged, the next
>> > priority for me personally with the Rust implementation is getting IPC
>> and
>> > integration testing working.
>> >
>> > Unfortunately the official Flatbuffers Rust version is not available yet
>> > and my recent attempts at contacting the author have been unsuccessful
>> so I
>> > have started working with this fork of Flatbuffers which has Rust
>> support:
>> > https://github.com/josephDunne/flatbuffers.
>> >
>> > I was able to generate code from Schema.fbs but it doesn't compile and
>> I've
>> > started filing issues and debugging this.
>> >
>> > Working with this fork isn't ideal but I don't see what other choice I
>> > have, other than just waiting for the official project to support Rust.
>> >
>> > I'm interested to hear if anyone has any alternate suggestions. I know
>> it
>> > would be possible to wrap C code but I'd like to keep the Rust
>> > implementation as a pure Rust project if possible.
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > Andy.