Tech Talk

Build Your First Command Line Tool in Go

Updated on November 1, 2021

Developer Advocate

Build Your First Command Line Tool in Go


About the Talk

Command line tools are amazing. They are simple, easy to automate, and fun to build. In this Tech Talk, we’ll build a simple command line tool that helps us run our D&D campaign, package it up, and set up GitHub actions to build our tool.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to build a command line tool in go
  • How to package your command line tool and upload it to GitHub releases

This Talk Is Designed For

Any developer who wants to build a command line application


A basic understanding of Golang and how to setup a Golang environment



Golang documentation How to code in Go [eBook on DigitalOcean Community] The Go Programming Language [Book] How To Use the Flag Package in Go [DigitalOcean Tutorial] Go: The Complete Developer’s Guide, by Stephen Grider [Udemy]

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Mason is currently a Sr. Developer Advocate at DigitalOcean who specializes in cloud infrastructure, distributed systems, and Python.

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