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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Use Golang

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Ranju Rajendran,Web Lead

The buzz around efficiency, security, and ease of development using different programming languages are ceaseless. Whenever a new programming language is introduced, it is looked upon with much anticipation. However, it is still a debatable point to decide which programming language is better than the other for development. 

The Go language or Golang is the ‘popular guy’ in the block. It’s been successful enough to capture the attention of prominent developer communities and businesses. 

 

A Brief History of Golang

Ken Thompson, Rob Pike, Robert Griesemer and few other engineers at Google are the masterminds behind the revolutionary Golang. It was their attempt to resolve the common crisis faced by the developer’s community. They designed Golang as a lightweight system with productive features to fasten up the development process. It is intended to be a versatile programming language which is loved by the developers. Although there are high performing languages such as C, Golang makes it easy to code and be super-performing at the same time. In the era of multi-core computers, Golang offers an approach to solve the worries and confusion.  

 

How Golang Leads the Race 

Golang is an open-source, compiled, and concurrent programming language supported by the tech giant Google. So, why is Golang so popular these days? Here are your answers.

  1. Concurrency

In large servers, there might be hundreds and thousands of tasks running parallelly. The concurrent programming features in Golang makes it easy to progress with multiple tasks simultaneously. It uses goroutines, which consume as low as 2 KB memory, to perform multiple tasks at the same time. An advantage is that the growable segment stacks in goroutines only use more memory when needed. 

  1. Concurrent Garbage Collector

Golang has a real-time Garbage Collector (GC) for automatic memory management. This concurrent GC makes allocation and removal of objects without any pause and hence, boosts the efficiency of applications. 

  1. Portability & Multi-platform Nature

Golang compiles seamlessly on many operating systems such as Windows, Linux etc. Andrew Gerrand, a participant in the Go project and an engineer at Google, says "portability has been an important consideration from the very beginning of the Go project. We launched supporting two operating systems and three processor architectures, and effortless cross-compilation is a product of our emphasis on portability." 

  1. Powerful Standard Library

Golang has a rich library that lets you accomplish an endless list of high-level tasks. This powerful standard library in Golang covers a wide range of specific areas and also, has a web server as part of the library. The clean syntax in Golang writes similar to its scripting language. 

  1. Microservice Architecture 

A microservice architecture divides the entire application into a set of multiple manageable services. This kind of a distributed system enables fast development of apps in a less complex manner. The specialized support services in the Go-kit makes it easy to adopt microservices and reap its benefits. 

 

Golang: The Present & Future 

Golang is the perfect choice with the right combination of concurrency, safety, and simplicity of programming. It is a wonderful language for writing web services and integrates easily with other services. 

Leading enterprises such as Google, YouTube, Apple, Dropbox, Docker, BBC, The Economist, The New York Times, IBM, Twitter & Facebook have already begun their journey with Golang. 
SayOne’s expert team uses the contemporary Golang to design custom applications, that drive operational efficiencies and values for your business. Our emphasis on leading technologies coupled with the industry experience spanning close to a decade has placed us in a persuasive position within the Golang community. We firmly support Golang and believes it to be a major game changer in the coming years as well.