A Tour Of Golang

Go Programming

I recently had the opportunity to take a tour of Go (also known as Golang), and I must say, it was quite the experience. As a developer, I’m always on the lookout for new programming languages to explore, and Go exceeded my expectations. In this article, I’ll share my personal insights and commentary on this powerful and efficient language.

Introduction to Go

Go is an open-source programming language developed by Google in 2007. It was designed to be simple, efficient, and reliable, making it a popular choice among developers for building scalable and concurrent software. One of the key features of Go is its strong focus on simplicity and readability, which makes it easy to learn and understand.

Getting Started with Go

To get started with Go, you need to have the Go compiler installed on your machine. Luckily, the installation process is straightforward and well-documented on the official Go website. Once you have Go installed, you can start writing your first Go program by creating a new file with the `.go` extension.

package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
fmt.Println("Hello, World!")

The above code is a simple “Hello, World!” program in Go. As you can see, Go uses a package-based approach, and the `main` package is the entry point for the program. The `import “fmt”` statement allows us to use the `fmt` package, which provides functions for I/O operations.

Concurrency in Go

One of the standout features of Go is its built-in support for lightweight concurrency. Go achieves this through goroutines, which are lightweight threads that allow for easy concurrent execution of code. Goroutines are created using the `go` keyword, and they communicate with each other using channels, which are typed conduits for communication.

package main

import (

func printMessage(message string) {

func main() {
go printMessage("Hello")
go printMessage("World")


In the example above, we define a `printMessage` function that prints the given message. We then create two goroutines with the `go` keyword, each calling the `printMessage` function with a different message. The `time.Sleep(time.Second)` statement is used to pause the main goroutine for a second, allowing the other goroutines to complete.


Taking a tour of Go was an eye-opening experience. The simplicity and efficiency of the language, combined with its built-in support for concurrency, make it a powerful tool for building robust and scalable software. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced developer, I highly recommend giving Go a try. It’s definitely worth exploring and adding to your programming toolkit.