RustGPT: My Journey Using Rust + HMTX for Web Dev

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2023-11-20 03:30:04

I have more than 10 years of experience with web technologies, but I’m a Rust newbie currently learning the language. Working in the Data/AI engineering domain, I extensively use Python (handling data and models) and TypeScript/JavaScript (to build apps integrated with AI models).

While my exposure to languages like C, C++, Haskell, Java, and Scala was primarily academic or as a hobby, I found myself drawn to Rust. And to learn Rust better, what better than to embark on a project?

It’s been some time since I wanted to try HTMX, too, so it’s the perfect occasion to dive in Rusty waters while catching the HTMX wave: let’s build a ChatGPT clone with Rust, HTMX, and my favorite styling framework, TailwindCSS.

It’s already at least my 4th ChatGPT clone with different technologies, as it’s a great Hello World project to evaluate a tech stack for the Web.

After reviewing web frameworks in Rust, particularly Actix and Axum, I leaned towards Axum. While I lacked prior experience, Axum's approach resonated with me. It offered intuitive ways to navigate code samples and important functionality implementation like:

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