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Go (also referred to as GoLang) is an open source and lower level progra­mming language designed and created at Google in 2009 by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike and Ken Thompson, to enable users to easily write simple, reliable, and highly efficient computer programs
Besides its better­-known aspects such as built-in concur­rency and garbage collection
Go is a statically typed language, it is anti functional progra­mming and anti OOP, as far as the designers concerned.


Language is very concise, simple and safe.
Compil­ation time is very fast.
Patterns which adapt to the surrou­nding enviro­nment similar to dynamic languages.
Inbuilt concur­rency such as lightw­eight processes channels and select statem­ents.
Supports the interfaces and the embedded types.

Lack of essential features

No ternary operator ?:
No generic types
No exceptions
No assertions
No overlo­ading of methods and operators
GOPATH is a mess
Package dependence manage tool

Companies Using Golang

Google for “dozens of systems”
Docker a set of tools for deploying linux containers
Openshift a cloud computing platform as a service by Red Hat
Dropbox migrated few of their critical components from Python to Go
Netflix for two portions of their server archit­ecture
Soundcloud for “dozens of systems”
Though­tWorks some tools and applic­ations around continuous delivery and instant messages (CoyIM)
Uber for handling high volumes of geofen­ce-­based queries.
BookMyShow for handling high volume of traffic, rapidly growing customer, to adapt new business solution and (cloud solution) distri­bution tools


brew install go
Run the command below to view your Go version:
go version


Directory layout

 ­ src/
 ­ ­ ­ ­hello/
 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­main.go (package main)
 ­ bin/
 ­ ­ ­  hello (installed command)
 ­ pkg/
 ­ ­ ­ ­lin­ux_­amd64/ (installed package object)
 ­ ­ ­ ­git­ (3rd party depend­encies)

Hello Word

package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
    fmt.Println("Hello, World!!")
Create a file named main.go in the directory src/hello inside your worksp­ace/go path
go env Default go system enviro­nment



$ cd $HOME/go/src/hello
$ go run main.go
Hello, World!!
$ go build
$ ./hello
Hello, World!!


Package declar­ation at top of every source file
Execut­ables are should be in package main
Upper case identi­fier: public (acces­sible from other packages)
Lower case identi­fier: private (not accessible from other packages)

Built-in Types



int int8 int16 int32 int64
uint uint8 uint16 uint32 uint64 uintptr

byte // alias for uint8

rune // alias for int32 ~= a character (Unicode code point)

float32 float64

complex64 complex128

Packages and Modules

Go packages are folders that contain one more go files.
A modules (starting with vgo and go 1.11) is a versioned collection of packages.
go get­m/a­nda­nhm­/go­-pr­ett­ytimee
go mod init­m/a­nda­nhm­/go­-pr­ett­ytime

Variable & Function Declar­ations

const country = "india"

// declaration without initialization
var age int
// declaration with initialization
var age int = 23
// declare and init multiple at once
var age, pincode int = 23, 577002
// type omitted, will be inferred
var age = 23

// simple function
func person() {
 // shorthand, only within func bodies
 // type is always implicit
 age := 23

// Can have function with params
func person(firstName string, lastName string) {}

// Can have multiple params of the same type
func person(firstName, lastName string) {}

// Can return type declaration
func person() int {
    return 23

// Can return multiple values at once
func person() (int, string) {
    return 23, "vinay"
var age, name = person()

// Can return multiple named results
func person() (age int, name string) {
    age = 23
    name = "vinay"
var age, name = person()

// Can return function
func person() func() (string,string) {
     area:=func() (string,string) {
          return "street", "city"
      return area

If statement

if age < 18 {
      return errors.New("not allowed to enter")

// Conditional statement
if err := Request(""); err != nil {
    return err

// Type assertion inside
var age interface{}
age = 23
if val, ok := age.(int); ok {

Loop statement

for i := 1; i < 3; i++ {
// while loop syntax
for i < 3 {
// Can omit semicolons if there is only a condition
for i < 10 {
// while (true) like syntax
for {
Go don't have while until

Switch statement

// switch statement
switch runtime.GOOS {
  case "darwin": {
// cases break automatically
   case "linux": {

// can have an assignment statement before the switch statement
switch os := runtime.GOOS; os {
case "darwin":

// comparisons in switch cases
os := runtime.GOOS
switch {
case os == "darwin":

// cases can be presented in comma-separated lists
switch os {
case "darwin", "linux":

Arrays, Slices

var a [3]int // declare an int array with length 3.
var a = [3]int {1, 2, 3} // declare and initialize a slice
a := [...]int{1, 2} // elipsis -> Compiler figures out array length
a[0] = 1 // set elements
i := a[0] // read elements
var b = a[lo:hi] // creates a slice (view of the array) from index lo to hi-1
var b = a[1:4] // slice from index 1 to 3
var b = a[:3] // missing low index implies 0
var b = a[3:] // missing high index implies len(a)
a = append(a,17,3) // append items to slice a
c := append(a,b...) // concatenate slices a and b

// create a slice with make
a = make([]int, 5, 5) // first arg length, second capacity
a = make([]int, 5) // capacity is optional

// loop over an array/ slice / struct
for index, element := range a {

Maps & Struct

Maps are Go’s built-in associ­ative data type (hashes or dicts)
Structs are the way to create concrete user-d­efined types in Go. Struct types are declared by composing a fixed set of unique fields.


type Address struct {
  Street string
  City string

type Employee struct {
  Name string
  Age int
  Address Address

// Can declare methods on structs.
func (emp Employee) Display() string {
  // accessing member
  return fmt.Sprintf("Name %s",name)
// Initialize the map with the type
// map key is city value employees working
bookmyshow := make(map[string][]Employee)

// Create new/updates the key value pair
bookmyshow["Pune"] = []Employee{}
bookmyshow["Bangalore"] = []Employee{
    Name: "Andan H M",
    Age: 23,
    Address: Address{
     Street: "KB Extension",
     City: "Davanagere",

// Determains the the length of the map
_ = len(bookmyshow)

// read the item from the map
employees := bookmyshow["Bangalore"]

// loop over an array, slice, struct array
for index, element := range employees {
  // read the element from the struct
  fmt.Println(index, element.Display())

// Delete the key from the map
delete(bookmyshow, "Pune")


Interface type that specifies zero methods is known as the empty interface

var i interface{}
i = 42

// Reflection: type switch specify types
switch v := i.(type) {
 case int:
   fmt.Printf("(%v, %T)\n", i, i)
 case string:
  fmt.Printf("(%v, %T)\n", i, i)
  fmt.Printf("Unknow type %T!\n", v)

Interfaces are named collections of method signatures.

type error interface {
    Error() string
Accept interf­aces, return structs


The error type is an interface type.
error variable represents descri­ption of the error string
error­s.N­ew(­'user not found')
fmt.E­rro­rf(­"%s user not found", "­foo­")

HTTP Handler

package main

import (

func health(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
  io.WriteString(w, "Ok")

func main() {
 http.HandleFunc("/health", health)
 http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil)
A mini-t­ool­kit­/mi­cro­-fr­amework to build web apps; with handler chaining, middleware and context injection, with standard library compliant HTTP handle­rs(i.e. http.H­and­ler­Func).


Unit Test

Go has a built-in testing command called go test and a package testing which combine to give a minimal but complete testing experi­ence.
Standard tool-chain also includes benchm­arking and code coverage


Goroutines are lightw­eight threads managed by Go
Channels are a typed conduit through which you can send and receive values with the channel operator ( <- )


package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
 n := 2
 // "make" the channel, which can be used
 // to move the int datatype
 out := make(chan int)

 // run this function as a goroutine
 // the channel that we made is also provided
 go Square(n, out)

 // Any output is received on this channel
 // print it to the console and proceed

func Square(n int, out chan<- int) {
 result := n * n
 //pipes the result into it
 out <- result
select statement lets a goroutine wait on multiple commun­ication operat­ions.

sync go build-in package provides basic synchr­oni­zation primitives such as mutual exclusion locks.

Defer, Panic, and Recover

A defer statement pushes a function call onto a Last In First Out order list. The list of saved calls is executed after the surrou­nding function returns
Panic is a built-in function that stops the ordinary flow of control and begins panicking.
Recover is a built-in function that regains control of a panicking goroutine
func main() {
 defer func() {
 if r := recover(); r != nil {
 ­  fmt.Pr­int­ln(­"­Rec­ove­red­", r)
 pa­nic­("make panic")


encoding is a built-in package defines interfaces shared by other packages that convert data to and from byte-level and textual repres­ent­ations
Go offers built-in support for encodi­ng/gob, encodi­ng/­json, and encodi­ng/xml


package main

import (

type Employee struct {
 Name string `json:"name" xml:"name"`
 Age int `json:"age" xml:"age"`

func main() {
 emp := Employee{
  Name: "andan.h",
  Age: 27,
 // Marshal: refers to the process of converting
 // the data or the objects into a byte-stream
 jsonData, _ := json.Marshal(emp)
 xmlData, _ := xml.Marshal(emp)

 // Unmarshal: refers to the reverse process of
 // converting the byte-stream back to data or object
 json.Unmarshal(jsonData, &emp)

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