How To Code in Go

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Go (or GoLang) is a modern programming language originally developed by Google that uses high-level syntax similar to scripting languages. It is popular for its minimal syntax and innovative handling of concurrency, as well as for the tools it provides for building native binaries on foreign platforms.

  • Go is a programming language that was designed for fast compilation, ease of programming, and efficient execution in production. This tutorial will guide you through installing and configuring a programming workspace with Go via the command line on Ubuntu 18.04.
  • Go is a programming language that was designed for fast compilation, ease of programming, and efficient execution in production. This tutorial will guide you through installing and configuring a programming workspace with Go via the command line on macOS.
  • Go is a programming language that was designed for fast compilation, ease of programming, and efficient execution in production. This tutorial will guide you through installing and configuring a programming workspace with Go via the command line on Windows 10.
  • The “Hello, World!” program is a classic and time-honored tradition in computer programming. It's a simple and complete first program for beginners, and it's a good way to make sure your environment is properly configured. This tutorial will walk you through creating this program in Go.
  • April 9, 2019
    This article will walk you through understanding what the `GOPATH` is, how it works, and how to set it up. This is a crucial step for setting up a Go development environment, as well as understanding how Go finds, installs, and builds source files.
  • Comments are lines that exist in computer programs that are ignored by compilers and interpreters. Including comments in programs makes code more readable for humans as it provides some information or explanation about what each part of a program is doing. In this article, you'll learn how to work with comments in Go.
  • Data types specify the kinds of values that particular variables will store when you are writing a program. The data type also determines what operations can be performed on the data. In this article, we will go over the important data types native to the Go programming language. Understanding some basic data types will enable you to write clearer code that performs efficiently.
  • This Go tutorial will go over the basics of working with strings, including how to create and print strings, concatenate and replicate strings, and store strings in variables.
  • In this tutorial, we’ll go over some of the ways we can work with Go strings to make sure that all output text is formatted correctly. Topics we will cover include: quotes, apostrophes, multiple lines, escape characters, and raw strings.
  • Go's string package has several functions available to work with the string data type. These functions let us easily modify and manipulate...
  • Variables are an important programming concept to master. They are symbols that stand in for a value you’re using in a program. This tutorial will cover some variable basics and best practices for using them within the Go programs you create.
  • In Go, data types are used to classify one particular type of data, determining the values that you can assign to the type and the operations you can perform on it. When programming, there are times you will need to convert values between types in order to manipulate values in a different way. This tutorial will guide you through converting numbers and strings, as well as provide examples to help familiarize yourself with different use cases.
  • Effectively performing mathematical operations in programming is an important skill to develop because of how frequently you’ll work with numbers. This tutorial will review operators that we can use with the integer and float data types in Go.
  • The Boolean data type can be one of two values, either True or False. We use Booleans in programming to make comparisons and to control the flow of the program. In this tutorial, we’ll go over the basics you’ll need to understand how Booleans work in Go, including Boolean comparison and logical operators, and truth tables.
  • April 19, 2019
    Most modern programming languages have the concept of a dictionary or a hash type. These types are commonly used to store data in pairs with a key that maps to a value. In Go, the map is what most programmers would think of as the dictionary type. It maps keys to values, making key-value pairs that are a useful way to store data in Go. Understand how Go maps work in this article.
  • This article will cover the array and slice data structures in the Go Programming language, which will provide you with the necessary information to make the appropriate choice when choosing between them. You'll also review the most common ways to declare and work with both arrays and slices. The tutorial will first provide a description of arrays and how to manipulate them, followed by an explanation of slices and how they differ.
  • July 22, 2019
    Robust code needs to react correctly to unexpected circumstances like bad user input, faulty network connections, and failing disks. Error handling is the process of identifying when your program is in an unexpected state, and taking steps to record diagnostic information for later debugging.
  • September 4, 2019
    When communicating more complicated error information to your users, or to your future self when debugging, sometimes these two mechanisms are not enough to adequately capture and report what has happened. To convey this more complex error information we can implement the standard library interface type, `error`, to get more functionality.
  • October 1, 2019
    Panics are unforeseeable errors that will spontaneously terminate and exit a running Go program. Common mistakes are often responsible for creating panics. In this tutorial, we'll examine a few ways that common operations can produce panics in Go, and we'll also see ways to avoid those panics. We'll also use defer statements along with the recover function to capture panics before they have a chance to unexpectedly terminate our running Go programs.
  • August 9, 2019
    Making use of packages allows us to make our programs more robust and powerful. This tutorial will walk you through installing, importing, and aliasing packages.
  • Go packages are directories that consist of Go code. This tutorial will guide you through writing Go packages for use within other programming files.
  • Visibility in the Go programming language means the file space from which a package or other construct can be referenced. In this article, you will learn how to control package visibility, as well as how to protect parts of your code that should only be used inside your package. To do this, we will create a basic logger to log and debug messages, using packages with varying degrees of item visibility.
  • Conditional statements are part of every programming language. With conditional statements, we can have code that sometimes runs and at other times does not run, depending on the conditions of the program at that time. This tutorial will take you through writing conditional statements in the Go programming language.
  • In the Go programming language, a `for` loop implements the repeated execution of code based on a loop counter or loop variable. In this tutorial, you will learn how Go’s `for` loop works, including the three major variations of its use: ForClause, Condition, and RangeClause. We'll start by showing how to create different types of `for` loops, followed by how to loop through sequential data types in Go. We'll end by explaining how to use nested loops.
  • Using **for loops** in Go allow you to automate and repeat tasks in an efficient manner. Learning how to control the operation and flow of loops will allow for customized logic in your program. You can control your loops with the `break` and `continue` statements.
  • A function is a section of code that, once defined, can be reused. Functions are used to make your code easier to understand by breaking it into small, understandable tasks that can be used more than once throughout your program. In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to define your own functions to use in your coding projects.
  • A variadic function is a function that accepts zero, one, or more values as a single argument. While variadic functions are not the common case, they can be used to make your code cleaner and more readable.
  • September 27, 2019
    Go has many of the common control flow keywords found in other programming languages such as if, switch, for, etc. One keyword that isn't found in most other programming languages is defer, and though it's less common you'll quickly see how useful it can be in your programs. In this article we will learn how to properly use the defer statement for cleaning up resources as well as several common mistakes that are made when using defer.
  • September 25, 2019
    In Go, the predefined init() function sets off a piece of code to run before any other part of your package. This code will execute as soon as the package is imported, and can be used when you need your application to initialize in a specific state. In this tutorial, you'll learn how init() is used for the setup and initialization of specific package variables, one time computations, and the registration of a package for use with another package.
  • In Go, a build tag, or a build constraint, is an identifier added to a piece of code that determines when the file should be included in a package during the build process. This allows you to build different versions of your Go application from the same source code and to toggle between them in a fast and organized manner. In this article, you will use build tags in Go to generate different executable binaries that offer Free, Pro, and Enterprise feature sets of a sample application.
  • When writing software in Go you'll be writing functions and methods. You pass data to these functions as arguments. Sometimes, the function needs a local copy of the data, and you want the original to remain unchanged. In this article, you will learn how to create and use pointers to share access to the memory space for a variable.
  • Go supports cross-platform compiling by building support for multiple platforms directly into the go build tool. By using the GOOS and GOARCH environment variables and build tags, you can control which OS and architecture your final binary is built for. In this tutorial, you will build binaries for multiple operating systems and system architectures on your own system.