Sum of struct using a function

I am having difficulty writing a function which calculates sum of two variables in a struct named Point. The point struct looks like below :

struct Point {
pub x: u8,
pub y: u8,

I tried the following but it didn't work :
pub fn sum_points(points: &[&Point]) -> Point {

I am very new to Rust language (started using today).

The sum() method on iterators is powered by the std::iter::Sum trait and you'll need to tell the compiler how to calculate the "sum" of a iterator/stream of Points.

One possible implementation would be to use a loop and a temporary variable.

use std::iter::Sum;

impl Sum for Point {
   pub fn sum<I>(iter: I) -> Self
        I: Iterator<Item = A>
    let mut total = Point { x: 0, y: 0 };

    for point in iter {
        total.x += point.x;
        total.y += point.y;    


It is also possible to write your own behaviour for the + operator by implementing std::ops::Add for your type.

That seems working but one thing more : If I want the variables x and y in struct Point to be of type u:8 but their sum output to be of type u:16. How would I do that ? I tried the following :

impl Point {

fn sum(&self)->u16 {

    let sum_of_point:u16 =  (self.x as u16)+(self.y as u16);

    return sum_of_point



But I think its not going to work. I have to satisfy the following assertions in my program :

let p : Point;

assert_eq!(type_of(&p.x), type_name::<u8>());
assert_eq!(type_of(&p.y), type_name::<u8>());
assert_eq!(p.sum(), (p.x + p.y) as u16);

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    // ...


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    // ...

The sum function seems to work correctly. Using assert_eq to check types isn’t the most sensible thing to do, at least the way you did it for p.x and p.y.

Here’s some example test case that succeeds: Rust Playground

Thank you so much. It finally worked. And satisfied the asserts too :slight_smile:

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