What is Go?

Go, also known as golang, is a computer programming language whose development began in 2007 at Google, and was introduced to the public in 2009.

Go is a general purpose language so it can be used for almost anything.  Unlike scripting languages like ruby, php and javascript, Go compiles into native code, with almost no required libraries. It is used to make self-contained executables that can be run on a lot of systems without worrying about dependencies (so binary will run in all linux systems of the same architecture).

Go is extremely fast, especially compared with scripting languages.  It has many helpful libraries and other facilities that make it extremely attractive to developers.

Go is designed specifically as a systems programming language for large, distributed systems and highly-scalable network servers.  In that vein, it replaces C++ and Java in Google's software stack.   Many teams are looking at building new servers in Go; some are even considering migrating existing codebases. Some of the Google technology you use everyday has components written in Go.

Go easily integrates with both SQL and NoSQL databases.

Go is the ideal choice for a database driven web application. Its relatively easy language to learn, its blazing speed and inherent security are exception.  Some of the many companies now using Go. The list includes companies like Google, Facebook, Youtube, Netflix, Dropbox, IBM, Pinterest, New York Times and many more.

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