How to accept &str, String and &String in a single function?

You can use the AsRef<str> trait:

// will accept any object that implements AsRef<str>
fn print<S: AsRef<str>>(stringlike: S) {
    // call as_ref() to get a &str
    let str_ref = stringlike.as_ref();

    println!("got: {:?}", str_ref)

fn main() {
    let a: &str = "str";
    let b: String = String::from("String");
    let c: &String = &b;


The print function will support any type that implements AsRef<str>, which includes &str, String and &String.

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