What’s Google Thinking With Go?

Netstat -vat by Sean Michael Kerner (bio)

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From the “Yet Another Language to Learn” files:

Google is now open sourcing a new experimental programming language called Go.

According to Google, “Go combines the development speed of working in a dynamic language like Python with the performance and safety of a compiled language like C or C++.”

Google also notes in its introductory Go blog post that the Go compiled code, “…runs close to the speed of C.” Ummm, OK, so that means it’s slower than C?

It’s an interesting idea to try and have a language that promises rapid development, but you also need to remember that this also adds to developer and user confusion.

Google already backs Python and uses Java. Then of course there is PHP, Ruby and for Microsoft developers out there, .NET framework languages too.

Go isn’t the first time Google has tried to launch its own open source language either.

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