Whats with all the Go articles on lobster? It been like 15-20% of all articles the last week.
I think in general there’s been a lot of interesting public activity in Go.
All of my non-work programming lately has been in Go, and there are a number of people who write Go code here.
Yeah, and the Ruby and JS surge is mostly me. :) I work in and enjoy both, so I tossed up the better stuff I saw for a couple days. Thanks for sharing these Go links, nice to peek over the fence.
I’m glad to see these Go stories being posted, and have to admit that’s probably the main reason why I was attracted to the site. Definitely keep them coming :)
It was a couple of the early Go articles here that got me started in the language, actually…
Smaller sites are easier to impact. If you want to reduce that amount, submit a bunch more non-Go stuff. ;)
It was a genuine question given that it’s not as popular on other sites (and I do submit articles :P).
I’m curious about what type of developers are drawn to Go. The C++/Java crowd?
According to Rob Pike, one of the primary designers of Go, they expected C++ developers to flock to Go, but instead the language attracted Python and Ruby devs.
Although Pike dismisses it, I think a lot of people are excited about C++11. It’s got more features, but importantly, features people want. C99 has taken a long time to gain traction because nobody really cares. C++11 is something they care about. Five years ago would have been a better time to attract C++ devs.
I think they are attracting some c++ devs though. The ones who are starting a new project, think maybe python or ruby would be a good enough match, but feel more at home using Go.
If you’re participating in this site it’s a good sign that you’re an early adopter. And if you’re interested in Go it’s a good sign you’re an early adopter. Perhaps lobste.rs and Go attract the same type of crowd (right now).
There does seem to be a heavy dose of Go related stuff on lobsters. There are no tags for many other languages, even though they have been requested several times. For example, there’s no scala tag if one wanted to post something about the Play! framework that Revel is modeled after.
Apparently this is not quite ready for prime-time, but encouraging nonetheless.
Here’s a list of organizations using go. http://go-lang.cat-v.org/organizations-using-go
Advantages over JS, Python, and Ruby: type safety and performance
Advantage over Java: syntactic niceties make programming nicer
Also, Go has built in go-routines which are kind of like threads kind of like co-routines. Last time I checked the implementation hasn’t yet delivered an all the promised upsides, but once the go-routine implementation is improved it’s the perfect abstraction for concurrent web programming. Think of it like a thread but without the performance overhead.
And Go has many features that help with scalability. For example, message passing using typed channels helps you write concurrent code without shared memory (which is easier to parallelize).
I’ve recently become addicted to functional-style programming in Scala, but I think go lacks a comparable functional library. Which is too bad because Scala’s type system and compiler quirks keeps getting in my way…
Porting Lift http://liftweb.net/ would be even more interesting.
The View-First architecture with parallel go routines would make it easy to scale and it is in-line with Go’s philosophy.