Golang Project Structure

Tips and tricks for writing and structuring Go code

How to Test Code in Go

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Testing should be considered an essential part of the software-development process, because it helps to ensure that our code works as expected when handling a wide range of reasonable values as input. So today we are going to look at how to write tests in Go, using the built-in syntax, and how to run the […]

Let’s Do the Knuth Shuffle

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I know it sounds like a funky dance move, but the Knuth shuffle is actually an elegant method for randomly rearranging the elements in an array — or, as we Gophers tend to prefer, a slice. The algorithm is very easy to understand and implement, which means that you should be able to use it […]

Overview of JavaScript Promises

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Have you ever found yourself writing JavaScript code that becomes difficult to read because there are so many nested callbacks? Or do you get frustrated when your browser becomes unresponsive as it struggles to perform long-running operations in client-side code? Well, promises are designed to solve those problems! In this post we will discuss exactly […]

Companies Using Go Code in Production Right Now

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We spend a lot of time on this blog thinking about things like syntax and code style, or building example projects, but today I want to zoom out and look at Go programming from a bigger perspective. Who Uses Go in Real-World Applications? Since Go is one of the most popular languages being used in […]

How to Make Go Structs More Efficient

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It may be surprising to learn that two Go structs can contain exactly the same fields and yet one can require more — or less — memory than the other. Since we generally want to ensure that we never use more memory than required, we are going to look at a technique called structure packing […]

Cheat Sheet for the Vim Text Editor: Commands and Keys

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Not everyone likes to write code using impressive IDEs. Many experienced programmers prefer to use the old-school Vim text editor, which runs natively in the Linux terminal. There are also versions available for Windows and MacOS. Although Vim has a reputation for being intimidating to new users, it offers an incredible degree of control and […]

Guide to Printing to the Console in Go

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Most programs will need to emit some kind of output if they’re going to be useful to the people using them. So today we will look at the various ways to print content to the console in Go, focusing on four related functions in particular. Introducing the Fmt Package The Go standard library’s functions for […]

Did You Know That Slices in Go Can Take Three Indices?

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I’m going to show you a little snippet of syntax today that even many experienced Go programmers may not be aware exists, which involves performing an operation on an array or slice with the use of three different indices. We’ll look in more detail at this special syntax that’s used in a slice-indexing operation below. […]