Go Programming/Introduction

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Overview[edit]

Go is an open source, compiled, garbage-collected, concurrent system programming language. It was first designed and developed at Google beginning in September 2007 by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson.

Go aims to provide the efficiency of a statically typed compiled language with the ease of programming of a dynamic language.

Other goals include:

  • Safety: Type-safe and memory-safe.
  • Intuitive concurrency by providing "goroutines" and channels to communicate between them.
  • Efficient garbage collection "with low enough overhead and no significant latency".[11]
  • High-speed compilation.

Installing and using Go[edit]

Visit the Go programming download page and choose the option corresponding to your platform or operating system.

History[edit]