Creating a Message type

We'll start by creating a custom Message type called DchatMsg. This is the data structure that we'll use to send messages between dchat instances.

Messages on the p2p network must implement the Message trait. Message is a generic type that standardizes all messages on DarkFi's p2p network.

We define a custom type called DchatMsg that implements the Message trait. We also add darkfi::util::SerialEncodable and darkfi::util::SerialDecodable macros to our struct definition so our messages can be parsed by the network.

Message requires that we implement a method called name(), which returns a str of the struct's name.

For the purposes of our chat program, we will also define a buffer where we can write messages upon receiving them on the p2p network. We'll wrap this in a Mutex to ensure thread safety and an Arc pointer so we can pass it around.

fn main() {
use async_std::sync::{Arc, Mutex};

use darkfi::{
    util::serial::{SerialDecodable, SerialEncodable},

pub type DchatMsgsBuffer = Arc<Mutex<Vec<DchatMsg>>>;

impl net::Message for DchatMsg {
    fn name() -> &'static str {

#[derive(Debug, Clone, SerialEncodable, SerialDecodable)]
pub struct DchatMsg {
    pub msg: String,