Google’s Go language (aka Golang), which released version 1.18 in March 2022, has grown from an alpha geek curiosity to a battle-tested programming language in its more than ten years of development, with some of the world’s the most important language.
Why do developers of projects like Docker and Kubernetes choose Go? What are the defining characteristics of Go, how does it differ from other programming languages, and what kind of projects is it best suited for building?
In this article, we’ll explore Go’s feature set, best use cases, language omissions and limitations, and where Go is headed.
Go language is small and simple
Go, developed by Google employees, mainly longtime Unix guru and Google Distinguished Engineer Rob Pike, is not strictly a “Google project”. Instead, Go was developed as a community-led open source project, spearheaded by leadership who have strong views on how Go is used and where the language is headed.
Go is meant to be easy to learn, easy to use, and easy to read by other developers, Go doesn’t have a massive feature set, especially compared to languages like C++.
Go’s syntax is reminiscent of C, which makes the long-term C
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