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Why Go Is Popular Among Developers

Go, also known as Golang, is a compiled systems-oriented programming language released by Google in 2012. The third most popular programming language (after C and Java). Go offers DevOps practitioners several important benefits.

Foremost among these is its strong capacity for what is called concurrency (being able to run several tasks at once). Go can handles multiple sub-programs simultaneously by using its goroutines and channels. As a result, it’s ideal for taking on distributed computing. high-end complexity, and cloud technologies. Only C, C++, and Java can compare.

As Go is compiled to machine code, it can execute programs directly. As such, it’s quicker than any interpreted language (like Javascript). Being a compiled language, it’s is similar to lower level languages like C/C++. Unlike C/C++ however, Go can easily handle object allocation and removing (using Garbage Collection). As a complementary feature, Go compares favorably to other languages with regard to memory management.

Since Go executes programs directly, it’s incredibly fast. While Java is also a compiled programming language, it relies on a Virtual Machine (VM) to run code (as only the VM understands the byte code compiled from the human-readable code). For applications, Go appears to have Java beat.

Finally, Go is simple compared to other object-oriented programming languages. It does not contain classes or support inheritance, making it easier to understand and modify. In essence, it provides uncomplicated syntax for the developer. Which is perhaps why many developers consider Go far more fun to learn that Java or C/C++


Go is not without its critics, as many developers contend that the language is overly regimented. Unlike C, Go’s uniformity makes it simple to understand for developers. This characteristic also provides far greater efficiency, a soon-to-be necessity if developers begin to contend with hardware limitations. Fortunately, Go’s strength in concurrency (multi-threading) may yet save the day in this regard.