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Programming in Go: Creating Applications for the 21st Century
     

Programming in Go: Creating Applications for the 21st Century

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by Mark Summerfield
 

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Your Hands-On Guide to Go, the Revolutionary New Language Designed for Concurrency, Multicore Hardware, and Programmer Convenience

 

Today’s most exciting new programming language, Go, is designed from the ground up to help you easily leverage all the power of today’s multicore hardware. With this guide, pioneering Go

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Your Hands-On Guide to Go, the Revolutionary New Language Designed for Concurrency, Multicore Hardware, and Programmer Convenience

 

Today’s most exciting new programming language, Go, is designed from the ground up to help you easily leverage all the power of today’s multicore hardware. With this guide, pioneering Go programmer Mark Summerfield shows how to write code that takes full advantage of Go’s breakthrough features and idioms.

 

Both a tutorial and a language reference, Programming in Go brings together all the knowledge you need to evaluate Go, think in Go, and write high-performance software with Go. Summerfield presents multiple idiom comparisons showing exactly how Go improves upon older languages, calling special attention to Go’s key innovations. Along the way, he explains everything from the absolute basics through Go’s lock-free channel-based concurrency and its flexible and unusual duck-typing type-safe approach to object-orientation.

 

Throughout, Summerfield’s approach is thoroughly practical. Each chapter offers multiple live code examples designed to encourage experimentation and help you quickly develop mastery. Wherever possible, complete programs and packages are presented to provide realistic use cases, as well as exercises. Coverage includes

 

  • Quickly getting and installing Go, and building and running Go programs
  • Exploring Go’s syntax, features, and extensive standard library
  • Programming Boolean values, expressions, and numeric types
  • Creating, comparing, indexing, slicing, and formatting strings
  • Understanding Go’s highly efficient built-in collection types: slices and maps
  • Using Go as a procedural programming language
  • Discovering Go’s unusual and flexible approach to object orientation
  • Mastering Go’s unique, simple, and natural approach to fine-grained concurrency
  • Reading and writing binary, text, JSON, and XML files
  • Importing and using standard library packages, custom packages, and third-party packages
  • Creating, documenting, unit testing, and benchmarking custom packages

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780132764094
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Developer's Library
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
File size:
25 MB
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Meet the Author

Mark Summerfield, owner of Qtrac Ltd., is an independent trainer, consultant, technical editor, and writer specializing in Go, Python, C++, Qt, and PyQt. His books include Rapid GUI Programming with Python and Qt (Prentice Hall, 2007), C++ GUI Programming with Qt 4 (with Jasmin Blanchette, Prentice Hall, 2008), Programming in Python 3, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and Advanced Qt Programming (Prentice Hall, 2010).

 

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Programming in Go: Creating Applications for the 21st Century 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Programming in Go" is still the best book on Go programming published as of August 2014. The author spends his time away from the libraries, covering the core of the language. By the nature of this approach the matter is dense, but it also gives the author ample time to discuss best practices, for instance: "...[i]ncidentally it is a Go convention that functions that have channel parameters have the destination channels first, followed by the the source channels [in the function definition]..." Many of these best practices stem from conventions found in Go's own source code, which happily, the author is well acquainted with. Learning a language by isolating its syntax and analysing idioms and conventions is effective for those willing to persevere, and "Programming in Go" abounds in such detail. Ideally, "Programming in Go" should be paired with a textbook which focuses on use-cases. Balbaert's "The Way to Go" is such a book, but sadly, is not nearly so well written as Summerfield's. In any case, "Programming in Go" is the book for those searching for a solid understanding of Go's fundamentals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately how author describes things is extremely boring... but Go is awesome and author seems like to understand it but cant really explain it or understand how exactly it is so exciting, maybe because he is not a real programmer or people he writes for wouldnt understand anyways.