An Introduction To Go

Edited by Miguel Norberto

The programming language Golang has been gaining significant momentum in recent years, and it is now the most popular language among software developers.

Go is a statically typed language created in 2009 by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson and is designed for systems programming, network programming, and distributed computing.

The syntax of Go is similar to that of C but with some simplifications.

For example, there is no pointer arithmetic and also has garbage collection, which eliminates manual memory management.

History: who created Go?

The programming language Go was created by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson at Google in 2009.

The motivation behind the development of Go was to create a new language that would be easy to learn and efficient to use.

Go is a statically typed language with garbage collection and has type inference, closures, and interfaces.

One of the advantages of Go is that it can be compiled into binary code for execution on a variety of platforms. Go programs can be run on Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems. Go also has support for networking and web applications.

Uses: what can you do with Go?

Go’s popularity has been growing due to its unique features and capabilities. Go is a compiled language that runs on the Google infrastructure.

Go has many uses, including web development, system administration, DevOps, and cloud computing.

Go has created popular websites and services such as YouTube, Netflix, and DropBox. Go is also being used in the development of self-driving cars.

One of the main benefits of Go is its speed. As a result, programs written in Go are often faster than those written in other languages. This makes it a good choice for applications that need to be fast, such as web servers and operating systems.

It is also well-suited for creating concurrent applications. It has built-in support for concurrency, which makes it easy to write programs that can take advantage of multiple processors or cores.

Go is also popular for creating microservices. A microservice is a small software system that does one thing well. By using Go, you can create small, lightweight services that are easy to deploy and manage.

How to learn: where can you start learning? Go?

Go is a great option if you want to learn a new programming language. It’s relatively simple to learn yet very powerful.

You can start learning Go by reading one of the many online tutorials. There are also plenty of books on the subject. Or, if you’re more hands-on, you can find video courses and interactive lessons online.

The Go website has a wealth of information, including tutorials, a language reference, and a guide to best practices.

If you’re looking for an online course, several are available, such as “The Complete Golang Developer Course” from Udemy. Alternatively, if you prefer books, “The Go Programming Language” by Brian W. Kernighan and “Go in Action” by Abrahamson et al. are excellent resources.

Finally, if you want to get your hands dirty and start coding right away, the Go Playground is a great place to start.

Conclusion

It is evident that the Go language is on the rise and is here to stay. It has already gained a lot of traction in the past few years and is being used by more and more companies.

This trend will only continue in the future as the language continues to evolve. So, if you are looking for a new language to learn, Go should be at the top of your list.

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