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macro wrapped-vec

Macro for generating wrapped Vec types and associated boilerplate

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wrapped-vec is a Rust crate for auto-generating type definitions and boilerplate code for wrapping Vectors in a custom type. It exports a WrappedVec custom-derive proc-macro that generates a named wrapper over Vec for any type. For example:

pub struct ExampleType { ... };

will generate

pub struct ExampleCollection(Vec<ExampleType>)

A large number of useful trait impls are auto-generated, including Iter, IntoIter & Expand, plus a small number of useful Vec-style methods like len(), iter() & is_empty().

WrappedVec helps you avoid exposing library implementation details or creating brittle APIs that break when plain Vec doesn't provide the right functionality any more. Type synonyms give collections a custom name but don't address these issues. The common workaround of simply wrapping Vec with a custom type requires manually implementing common useful collection traits such as Iter, which involves a lot of boilerplate. Implementing Deref targetting Vec provides the basic Vec methods, but still requires manual implementation of collection traits.


Add wrapped-vec to your Cargo.toml:

wrapped-vec = "0.2"

Import the crate with macros:

use wrapped_vec;

Then derive your custom collection and use just like a plain Vec:

pub struct Task { ... };

let batch = TaskBatch::from_iter(vec![Task(), Task()]);
for task in batch {

Generated Type Documentation

WrappedVec automatically generates documentation for the derived Vec type and the methods implemented on it. However, you may wish to override the automated documentation, which can be done with custom attributes:

#[CollectionDoc="A batch of tasks to be run either in serial or parallel by a TaskRunner"]
pub struct Task { ... };

is roughly equivalent to

/// A batch of tasks to be run either in serial or parallel by a TaskRunner
pub struct TaskBatch(Vec<Task>);

Documentation attributes available are:

Attribute Documents
CollectionDoc struct CollectionName
CollectionNewDoc CollectionName::new
CollectionLenDoc CollectionName::len
CollectionIsEmptyDoc CollectionName::is_empty
CollectionIterDoc CollectionName::iter

Documentation for trait methods are auto-populated from the parent trait documentation and not currently overridable.

Deriving Traits for Generated Collections

The CollectionDerives attribute can be used to specify traits which will be derived on the generated collection type. Traits to be derived are specified as a comma-separated list in a string. Omitting the CollectionDerives attribute, or passing an empty string, causes no trait derivations to be generated.

#[derive(Clone, Debug, WrappedVec)]
#[CollectionDerives="Clone, Debug"]
pub struct Task { ... };

will generate

#[derive(Clone, Debug)]
pub struct TaskBatch(Vec<Task>);


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