Google Go gets going (w/ Video)

November 11, 2009 by Lin Edwards weblog

( -- Google has introduced its new experimental programming language Go, which aims to combine speedy application development through simplified coding with high-speed program execution.

Go is designed to serve as a systems language, rather like C or C++, but is extremely fast for development like , while still providing the benefits and security of being a true compiled language. The programming software is being released in an version because it is now at the stage of being powerful and useful, and because the open-source community is a great resource for developing better tools and libraries.

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A principal engineer at Google, Rob Pike, said the new language made him more productive than ever. Go code is compiled almost instantly, and when compiled the code runs at close to the same speed as C, Pike explained. Unlike existing languages, Go is designed as a language for the kind of programs Google programmers write, and is optimized for massive scaling and for multi-core processors that handle many tasks in parallel. So far it has not been used in any of Google's publically available applications.

Google's Go began as a group 20% project in 2007, and full-time work began on it last year. In group 20% projects Google employees can spend up to 20% of their time developing projects that lie outside their normal responsibilities. Pike and colleagues developed Go because they were frustrated with the modern complexity of software development. Go is not designed for beginners, but is probably around the same level as Java in terms of difficulty learning it, Pike said. It is an object-oriented language with features such as true closures and reflection.

Go works with Google's open-source technology Native Client, designed for running native code in web-based applications, but it is not known yet whether Go will be used in the new Google operating system, Chrome.

released another , Simple, in July this year. Simple was a BASIC dialect designed specifically for developing Android applications.

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3 / 5 (1) Nov 11, 2009
a new shiny language -- booooo tired of new language fads even the good ones with decent legs don;t seem to finish the race, Java looks doomed to antiquity because a merger deal can't be thought through properly. ARRRRGGGGHHH
5 / 5 (1) Nov 11, 2009
El_Nose, are you saying Go away? I'd prefer Java go away. It has always been s . l .. o ... w!

Good Luck, Go team!
3 / 5 (1) Nov 11, 2009
I like C. C++ is too klutzy. Java is Klutzy and slow. C is portable (portable C compiler) to any CPU. "New" languages are traps that disable programmers independence. Ada, COBOL, ".Net", C#, Fortran V (with "extensions), ad nausium. Perl (pick a version), Python, ... Microsoft "development" kits for BASIC, C#, etc., BARF! Programmers want to be creative, not linguists.

Go (away)
3 / 5 (1) Nov 11, 2009
Wish I could yawn, but Google has too much power now. Frankly, I don't want to learn YACPL (yet another c programming language.)
5 / 5 (1) Nov 11, 2009
I think I'll take a look at it. With the large projects we're working on builds take ages and you just sit there and twiddle your thumbs.

The most important thing will be: how soon we can expect a useful debugger.
not rated yet Nov 11, 2009
Need to try it and see if Go offers any advantage to C. If it is as scalable, faster, and easy as the article says then it is worth a look.

Programmers are a bit jaded when a new language claims to be better. Even... if it is from Google. Oh well, show me the SDK or at least a debugger...
not rated yet Dec 11, 2009
Really nice content covered. Same article i found the but with some different description...have a look at it...

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