Turing Complete Type Systems
Rust’s type system is Turing complete:
It is impossible to determine if a program written in a generally
Turing complete system will ever stop. That is, it is impossible to
write a program
f that determines if a program
g is written in a Turing complete
programming language, will ever halt. The Halting Problem
is in fact, an undecidable
How is any of this relevant?
Rust performs compile-time type inference. The type checker, in turn,
compiles and infers types, I would describe it as a compiler inside a
compiler. It is possible that
rustc may never finish
compiling your Rust program! I lied,
rustc stops after a
while, after hitting the recursion limit.
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