What is Golang?

What is Golang programming language?

By Rasyue | On June 25, 2022

Introduction

Golang is slowly gaining popularity and traction ever since it was released in November 2009.

Standing among the giants of programming language like Python, Node.Js, Ruby, and Rustlang, Golang userbase is getting bigger over the years.

So, what exactly is Golang and why it is gaining popularity?

What is Golang Programming Language?

Golang is an open-source, statically typed, compiled programming language designed at Google by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson.

The language was announced in 2009 but only until 2012, the first version 1.0 was released.

Ever since Golang first version was released, the language quickly gain popularity and a lot of developers switch over to Golang.

This is mainly because of the language’s simplicity, efficiency, speed and it’s concurrent nature.

Concurrency in Golang is one of its main attraction and why the language is used widely.

The latest version of Golang (version 1.18) added generics programming which was much awaited update by the userbase.

What Can We Build with Golang?

Golang is a very versatile language that we think that you can build just about anything.

Here’s a list of types of application that people built using Golang.

  • Microservices.
  • Cloud Applications.
  • GUI Applications.
  • Console Utilities.
  • Web Applications (APIs, Web Servers, Frameworks, Frontend Dev with gopherjs).
  • Machine Learning

The list goes on every single day.

Who knows, maybe YOU can build something new with Golang. Share your intelligence with the world.

Is Golang Here to Stay?

Much like other languages, the sole driving power that determines whether a programming language will stay or go is the userbase.

We honestly think that no matter how great a language is, if there’s no userbase supporting it, any language will turn obsolete real fast.

Thankfully, Golang is developed by Google and a lot of companies are adopting this language with a lot more to come.

Golang is improving and new version is steadily being released.

Due to this facts, personally, we do not see Golang going anywhere anytime soon except staying.

Should We Learn Golang Programming Language?

A big YES!

We strongly recommend that you add Golang to your arsenal of programming languages.

A lot of companies are now adopting and switching over to Golang. Though not entirely, it still counts.

  1. Google.
  2. Dailymotion (They used Golang for automation tests).
  3. Twitch.
  4. Uber.
  5. Dropbox.
  6. SoundCloud.

The list goes on. Golang can be the next biggest thing and you do not want to be late to the party.

However, if you are new to programming, we would not recommend that you pick up Golang as your first language.

It’s a bit difficult for a freshie, we would rather recommend that you start with Python or Node.Js or even PHP.

Final Say

If you would like to read more on Golang, we welcome you to read another one of our article title Why I Chose Golang over Python.

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