Why GC sometimes beats Rust

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Today I read an article that resonated very nicely with a feeling I have about Rust from time to time. The article is This Week in Programming: When to Choose F# Over Rust and at the end there this quote by Paul Biggar:

By having a GC, we don’t have to do any of the stuff that causes all these problems in Rust. Maybe that costs performance, but I need the ability to quickly write code a lot more than I need the extra performance.

I think, that’s true. After more than 5 years of Rust, I still struggle to just write a fire and forget program in a quick’n’dirty way. There’s no quick’n’dirty in Rust. It doesn’t want it. But sometimes I do.