Came expecting a troll post, walked away feeling slightly more knowledgeable and enlightened.
I do agree with him that Some of the lustre has waned for rust post-1.0. For me at least, the language will be significantly different/easier to use once some of the major long-tail features that have been on the boil/backburner since before 1.0 come to fruition, but it seems like by the time that happens our tooling and features around other languages will have moved on sufficiently to prevent Rust being a compelling option for a new project.
I also agree with him that it remains to be seen whether Rust will still be better than other languages once it accumulates enough stuff to come to feature parity with those languages. There will always be domains in which C or C++ will continue to be more appropriate tools than Rust, and that will mean that even if Rust does become dominant, it will take some time before those languages wane (if at all).
I know all the usual about statistics and lies applies, but I always find it interesting to look at the subscriber stats for this subreddit and other related languages. These numbers are heavily biased towards the age of developers that use each language, how active those developers are on reddit, etc.
Looking at the relative trends in subscriber growth,
cpp appears to be following a superlinear growth trend, with
golang slowly falling further behind
cpp is still growing faster than
golang, despite the recent popularity of
rust line follows the same sort of superlinear trend as
cpp, but has distinct jumps, the most significant of which is around the 1.0 launch. Since then growth has actually slowed quite a bit.
Draw what conclusions you will from this analysis, but I do think it supports Andrei's conclusion about interest in Rust post-1.0.
The stats here are also interesting. I removed C++ from the analysis as it made the graphs useless. It seems like Rust is about 3 years behind on the adoption curve wrt Go, which makes sense given the time between the 1.0 versions for each language. Again, BYO grain of salt.