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no-std typed-index-collections

Typed index version of Rust slice and Vec containers

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The typed-index-collections crate provides TiSlice and TiVec structs that are typed index versions of the Rust slice and std::vec::Vec types.


When dealing with slices and vectors it is not safe to index all arrays with type-unsafe usizes as indices. Using slice and vector indexing might be useful in Data Oriented Design, when using Struct of Arrays, or when Rc and Weak usage is undesirable.


This crate provides typed index version of slice and std::vec::Vec types with custom index type. Containers only require the index to implement Index trait. If default feature impl-index-from is enabled, this trait is automatically implemented when From<usize> and Into<usize> are implemented. And their implementation can be easily done with derive_more crate and #[derive(From, Into)].

The TiSlice and TiVec structs are only wrappers around Rust slice and std::vec::Vec structs with custom index type and exposed raw property with original struct. They can be easily converted to matched Rust containers using From, Into, AsRef and AsMut traits. The structs mirrors the stable API of Rust slice and std::vec::Vec and forwards to it as much as possible.


First, add the following to your Cargo.toml:

typed-index-collections = "2.0"

This crate depends on the standard library by default that is useful for debugging and for some extra functionality. To use this crate in a #![no_std] context, use default-features = false in your Cargo.toml as shown below:

version = "2.0"
default-features = false
features = ["alloc", "impl-index-from"]

If you want to use derive_more for From<usize> and Into<usize> implementation add it to your Cargo.toml as shown below:

derive_more = "0.99"
typed-index-collections = "2.0"


Simple example with derive_more:

use typed_index_collections::TiVec;
use derive_more::{From, Into};

#[derive(From, Into)]
struct FooId(usize);

let mut ti_vec: TiVec<FooId, usize> = std::vec![10, 11, 13].into();
ti_vec.insert(FooId(2), 12);
assert_eq!(ti_vec[FooId(2)], 12);

If a wrong index type is used, compilation will fail:

use typed_index_collections::TiVec;
use derive_more::{From, Into};

#[derive(From, Into)]
struct FooId(usize);

#[derive(From, Into)]
struct BarId(usize);

let mut ti_vec: TiVec<FooId, usize> = std::vec![10, 11, 13].into();

ti_vec.insert(BarId(2), 12);
//            ^^^^^^^^ expected struct `FooId`, found struct `BarId`
assert_eq!(ti_vec[BarId(2)], 12);
//         ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ the trait ... is not implemented for `BarId`

Another more detailed example with derive_more:

use typed_index_collections::{TiSlice, TiVec};
use derive_more::{From, Into};

#[derive(Clone, Copy, Debug, From, Into, Eq, PartialEq)]
struct FooId(usize);

#[derive(Clone, Copy, Debug, Eq, PartialEq)]
struct Foo {
    value: usize,

let first = Foo { value: 1 };
let second = Foo { value: 2 };

let slice_ref = &[first, second][..];
let vec = std::vec![first, second];
let boxed_slice = std::vec![first, second].into_boxed_slice();

let ti_slice_ref: &TiSlice<FooId, Foo> = slice_ref.as_ref();
let ti_vec: TiVec<FooId, Foo> = vec.into();
let ti_boxed_slice: std::boxed::Box<TiSlice<FooId, Foo>> = boxed_slice.into();

assert_eq!(ti_vec[FooId(1)], second);
assert_eq!(ti_vec.raw[1], second);
assert_eq!(ti_vec.last(), Some(&second));
assert_eq!(ti_vec.last_key_value(), Some((FooId(1), &second)));
assert_eq!(ti_vec.iter_enumerated().next(), Some((FooId(0), &first)));

let _slice_ref: &[Foo] = ti_slice_ref.as_ref();
let _vec: std::vec::Vec<Foo> = ti_vec.into();
let _boxed_slice: std::boxed::Box<[Foo]> = ti_boxed_slice.into();


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  • typed_index_collection provides a Vec wrapper with a very limited API. Indices are u32 wrappers, they are not customizable and can only index a specific type of container.
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