Procedural macros that generate implementations for structs to be easily converted to/from arrays and slices
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Provides procedural macros that allow a struct to be easily converted to/from arrays and slices. (See version 0.1.0 for a less-featureful alternative using macro_rules! instead of procedural macros.)

The StructArrayDeref and StructArrayConvert procedural macros implement the necessary traits such that the struct can be easily converted to/from arrays and slices. The StructArray procedural macro applies both StructArrayDeref and StructArrayConvert. The macros work for normal structs and tuple structs. The macros check that the struct has the following properties:

  • all the fields must be public (because they are exposed in arrays/slices created by the conversion functions)
  • all the fields must have the same type
  • the struct must have at least one field
  • the struct must have the #[repr(C)] attribute


extern crate struct_array;

/// Example struct array.
struct Example {
    pub x: u32,
    pub y: u32,

fn main() {
    // Deref as an array.
        let example = Example { x: 42, y: 56 };
        let array: [u32; 2] = *example;
        assert_eq!(array, [42, 56]);

    // Index (via derefing as an array).
        let mut example = Example { x: 42, y: 56 };
        example[1] = 23;
        assert_eq!(example, Example { x: 42, y: 23 });

    // Convert into an array.
        let example = Example { x: 42, y: 56 };
        let array: [u32; 2] = example.into();
        assert_eq!(array, [42, 56]);

    // Convert from an array.
        let array = [42, 56];
        let example: Example = array.into();
        assert_eq!(example, Example { x: 42, y: 56 });

    // Convert a ref into a slice.
        let example = &Example { x: 42, y: 56 };
        let slice: &[u32] = example.into();
        assert_eq!(slice, &[42, 56]);

    // Convert a slice into a ref.
        let slice = &[42, 56][..];
        let example: &Example = slice.into();
        assert_eq!(example, &Example { x: 42, y: 56 });

Trait implementations

Deriving StructArray for a struct causes it to implement all the methods provided by StructArrayDeref and StructArrayConvert.

Deriving StructArrayDeref for a struct Foo causes it to implement:

  • Deref<Target=[T; len]> for Foo
  • DerefMut<Target=[T; len]> for Foo

Deriving StructArrayConvert for a struct Foo creates implementations for the following:

  • From<Foo> for [T; len]
  • From<[T; len]> for Foo
  • From<&Foo> for &[T; len]
  • AsRef<[T; len] for Foo
  • From<&[T; len] for &Foo
  • AsRef<Foo> for [T; len]
  • From<&mut Foo> for &mut [T; len]
  • AsMut<[T; len] for Foo
  • From<&mut [T; len] for &mut Foo
  • AsMut<Foo> for [T; len]
  • From<&Foo> for &[T]
  • AsRef<[T]> for Foo
  • From<&[T]> for &Foo
  • AsRef<Foo> for [T]
  • From<&mut Foo> for &mut [T]
  • AsMut<[T]> for Foo
  • From<&mut [T]> for &mut Foo
  • AsMut<Foo> for [T]

Note that converting from a slice will panic if the len() of the slice does not must match the number of fields in the struct.


struct_array is copyright 2016, Jim Turner.

Licensed under the MIT license. See LICENSE for details.