AnimalT -> Option<Cat>

Suppose we have:

pub struct Cat {}

pub struct Dog {}

pub trait Animal_T {}

impl Animal_T for Cat {}

impl Animal_T for Dog {}

is there a safe way to do

&dyn Animal_T -> Option<&Cat> or
Rc<dyn Animal_T> -> Option<Rc<Cat>> or
... something like this ...


Not directly. Typically, this is done via one of two mechanisms:

  1. Using Any, by adding something like an Animal_T::as_any method.
  2. Implementing manual Animal_T::as_cat etc. methods.
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Not using this method (long story, involves compilation time / crate dependencies.)

Is the idea here Animal_T -> Any -> downcast to Option<Cat> ?

It's that or implement it yourself with unsafe ala dyn Error.


Use downcast_rs - Rust.


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