Interoperability with C

Rust has full support for linking object files with a C calling convention. Similarly, you can export Rust functions and call them from C.

You can do it by hand if you want:

extern "C" {
    fn abs(x: i32) -> i32;

fn main() {
    let x = -42;
    // SAFETY: `abs` doesn't have any safety requirements.
    let abs_x = unsafe { abs(x) };
    println!("{x}, {abs_x}");

We already saw this in the Safe FFI Wrapper exercise.

This assumes full knowledge of the target platform. Not recommended for production.

We will look at better options next.