OOP Features of RUST

The OOP concept is designed to overcome the drawbacks of procedural programming and structured programming approach. We already know that the four main pillars of OOP (Object Oriented Programming Language) are Encapsulation, Inheritance, Abstraction, and Polymorphism. In this blog, we will discover how rust also provides some of the necessary features of OOP.

1. Encapsulation 

Encapsulation is wrapping of data and information together in a single unit called Class. But since we already know that there is no Class implementation in Rust, so how can we achieve encapsulation in Rust.

In Rust, we achieve this by using structures. Let’s see an example for the same :

pub struct AverageMarks {
    list: Vec<i32>,
    average: f64,

impl AverageMarks {

    pub fn add(&mut self, marks: i32) {

    pub fn remove(&mut self) -> Option<i32> {
        let result = self.list.pop();
        match result {
            Some(marks) => {
            none => none,

    pub fn average(&self) -> f64 {

    fn update_average(&mut self) {
        let total: i32 = self.list.iter().sum();
        self.average = total as f64 / self.list.len() as f64;

fn main(){
    let mut list: Vec<i32> =vec![];
    let mut averagemarks =AverageMarks{ list: vec![], average: 0.0 };
    println!("average marks of student {}",averagemarks.average());
    println!("average marks of student {}",averagemarks.average());

2. Inheritance –

Inheritance is a way of code reusability and type safety. In code reusability, we can implement the behavior of one type and reuse the implementation in different sub-classes, through this, we can share code between two classes. But nowadays most of the programming design do not prefer to use code sharing because more code sharing means more, risk and also sub-classes should not share all the characteristics of the parent class as this makes code less flexible so, Rust does not support Inheritance.

3. Polymorphism

Polymorphism means many forms or we can say that the same function has a different implementation. There are two types of polymorphism: compile time and runtime. Compile time polymorphism is achieved by operator overloading and method overloading in c++ and runtime polymorphism can be achieved by method overriding in c++. Rust takes a different approach to achieve polymorphism by using trait.

pub trait Shape {
    fn area(&self) -> f32;

pub struct Circle {
    pub radius: f32,

impl Shape for Circle {
    fn area(&self) -> f32 {
        2 as f32 * 3.14 * self.radius * self.radius

pub struct Rectangle {
    pub length: f32,
    pub width: f32,

impl Shape for Rectangle {
    fn area(&self) -> f32 {
        self.length * self.width

pub struct Square {
    side: f32,

impl Shape for Square {
    fn area(&self) -> f32 {
        self.side * self.side

fn main()
    let circle = Circle { radius: 10.36 };
    println!("Area of circle is {}", circle.area());
    let rectangle = Rectangle { length: 10.59, width: 20.22 };
    println!("Area of Rectangle is {}", rectangle.area());
    let square = Square { side: 5.96 };
    println!("Area of Square is {}", square.area());

4. Abstraction –

 Abstraction is the most important feature of OOP, abstraction allows you to show only the necessary information and hide all other details. In rust, we can achieve abstraction by using traits as in traits we only define methods and do not define their implementation.

Written by 

Rahul Singh Bhati is the Trainee Software Consultant at Knoldus Software LLP. He has done B.Tech. from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida(Sec-62). He has good knowledge of languages C, C++, Java, Scala, HTML, CSS, PHP, Python, and Rust. He is also working on many frameworks like lagom, play and actix. As a fresher, he always tries to explore the different type of software and tools.

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