Go programming language: utilities, characteristics and advantages

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Did you know that Go is a highly valued technology for web and mobile development? Today we tell you what you need to know about the Go programming language. Read on and find out how it can help you.

What is Go and what is it for?

Go (or Golang) is an open source programming language. Developed and presented by Google in 2009, its purpose is to create active network services with good optimization and efficiency.

Go is good for high-performance, scalable applications (cloud services, media platforms, on-demand services, news media).

In recent years, Golang has gained a lot of strength. Large companies trust it, including: Dropbox, Docker, Facebook, Netflix, Uber and Twitter. You can check the list of companies around the world that are currently using Golang here.

Features of Go

  • Simplicity. This language has a clear, clean and organized syntax.
  • Easy to use. Go is designed to make life as easy as possible for developers.
  • Compatibility. Like many other languages, it is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD systems.
  • Open Source. It allows external users to develop new programs and libraries using it.
  • Compiled language. Its source code is compiled to generate machine code to run the program.

Advantages or strengths

  • It is a concurrent language that supports CSP communication channels.
  • It has a garbage collector, which allows you to maximize efficiency and performance while minimizing latency.
  • It has a clear and concise syntax. It also avoids the explicit declaration of variables.
  • It is an innovative language, which takes the best of modern languages to give life to an efficient, clear and simple language.
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What is the difference between C and Go?

Although knowing C can help simplify the Go learning curve because of the similarities between them, there are several notable differences between these two programming languages. Here we mention what they are:

  • Go is object oriented, while C is not.
  • Go statements are done the other way around than in C, to make it much easier to read and interpret.
  • Go does not use pointer arithmetic like in C. This makes it a much safer language.
  • Placing a semicolon at the end of the code is optional in Go.
  • In Go, the + and – signs are not expressions.

In a few words, you should know that Go can be a good option for developing technological projects, both web and mobile. At MyTaskPanel Consulting, we have experts in this and other languages. If you want to know more, do not hesitate to contact us at contact@mytaskpanel.com.

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