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657: Fix doc typo r=azriel91 a=t-mw

Presumably a copy-paste typo from `DefaultVecStorage`.

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They are all simple changes, none of the boxes apply.

663: Update links in r=azriel91 a=Kawzeg

Fixes #662 

## Checklist

* [x] Minor documentation changes

Co-authored-by: t-mw <>
Co-authored-by: Adam Nemecek <>
Co-authored-by: Finn Günther <>
Latest commit 15b1022 Jan 17, 2020


Specs Parallel ECS

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Specs is an Entity-Component System written in Rust. Unlike most other ECS libraries out there, it provides

  • easy parallelism
  • high flexibility
    • contains 5 different storages for components, which can be extended by the user
    • its types are mostly not coupled, so you can easily write some part yourself and still use Specs
    • Systems may read from and write to components and resources, can depend on each other and you can use barriers to force several stages in system execution
  • high performance for real-world applications

Minimum Rust version: 1.36

Link to the book


use specs::prelude::*;

// A component contains data
// which is associated with an entity.
struct Vel(f32);

impl Component for Vel {
    type Storage = VecStorage<Self>;

struct Pos(f32);

impl Component for Pos {
    type Storage = VecStorage<Self>;

struct SysA;

impl<'a> System<'a> for SysA {
    // These are the resources required for execution.
    // You can also define a struct and `#[derive(SystemData)]`,
    // see the `full` example.
    type SystemData = (WriteStorage<'a, Pos>, ReadStorage<'a, Vel>);

    fn run(&mut self, (mut pos, vel): Self::SystemData) {
        // The `.join()` combines multiple component storages,
        // so we get access to all entities which have
        // both a position and a velocity.
        for (pos, vel) in (&mut pos, &vel).join() {
            pos.0 += vel.0;

fn main() {
    // The `World` is our
    // container for components
    // and other resources.
    let mut world = World::new();

    // An entity may or may not contain some component.


    // This entity does not have `Vel`, so it won't be dispatched.

    // This builds a dispatcher.
    // The third parameter of `with` specifies
    // logical dependencies on other systems.
    // Since we only have one, we don't depend on anything.
    // See the `full` example for dependencies.
    let mut dispatcher = DispatcherBuilder::new().with(SysA, "sys_a", &[]).build();
    // This will call the `setup` function of every system.
    // In this example this has no effect since we already registered our components.
    dispatcher.setup(&mut world);

    // This dispatches all the systems in parallel (but blocking).
    dispatcher.dispatch(&mut world);

Please look into the examples directory for more.

Public dependencies

crate version
hibitset hibitset
rayon rayon
shred shred
shrev shrev


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