May 24, 2012, 10:26 AM —
If you can learn the basics of Go in a couple of hours, is that time well spent?
To find out, British programmer Ian Davis undertook 5 Weeks of Go and wrote detailed impressions. Yes, one can learn the basics of Go in a couple of hours, but does that time investment provide benefits? Davis says the language developers "have done a good job at removing extraneous cruft and boilerplate. The most obvious is the absence of semicolons."
Back in 2009, a Google TechTalk just before the release to Open Source in November of 2009 on YouTube named "The Go Programming Language," helped get the world out. Yes, vaguely C-like, and an experimental language, but aimed at "fun" programming if the process of writing the code and compiling said code faster makes programming more fun. And since no major systems language has come out in a decade or so, why not?
Go for Go
For the what you give up in execution time for what you gain... concurrency and garbage collection as well as a lighting fast compilation, it's a really good trade off.
kennethadammiller on youtube.com
I have not used Go; just interested in it.
Dwight on blog.iandavis.com
There are some things I like about this language, but overall, I'm unimpressed with it. I mean,? is this *really* as far as we've come in the 40 years since C was developed??
SirEdmundLoudmonkey on youtube.com
Programmers step forward: have you tried Go? Why or why not?