How to use HAL_GPIO_Init() in modern C++ (STM32)

In modern C++, you can directly initialize structs like a GPIO_InitTypeDef, making the code much prettier and less prone to errors. The following example configures PA8 of a STM32 in alternate function 1 mode (TIM1 output).

GPIO_InitTypeDef pinInit = {
  .Pin = GPIO_PIN_8,
  .Mode = GPIO_MODE_AF_PP,
  .Pull = GPIO_NOPULL,
  .Alternate = GPIO_AF1_TIM1
HAL_GPIO_Init(GPIOA, &pinInit);

As opposed to the old, much more verbose way of doing that:

GPIO_InitTypeDef pinInit;
pinInit.Pin = GPIO_PIN_8;
pinInit.Mode = GPIO_MODE_AF_PP;
pinInit.Pull = GPIO_NOPULL;
pinInit.Alternate = GPIO_AF1_TIM1;
HAL_GPIO_Init(GPIOA, &pinInit);