Google Go - A First Look

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Google Go - A First Look

Google GoLike lot of new things, Google has launched their new programming language... "Go"...

Nice name, ha! Whether it will go a long way or a short one... only time will tell...

So, I thought I will give it a try... in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala...

1. Installing Go in Ubuntu

Adding Environment variables...

$ echo 'export GOROOT=$HOME/go' >> ~/.bashrc
$ echo 'export GOOS=linux' >> ~/.bashrc
$ echo 'export GOARCH=386' >> ~/.bashrc
$ echo 'export GOBIN=$GOROOT/bin' >> ~/.bashrc
$ echo 'export PATH=$PATH:$GOBIN' >> ~/.bashrc
$ . ~/.bashrc


$ sudo apt-get -y install mercurial
$ hg clone -r release $GOROOT
$ sudo apt-get -y install bison gcc libc6-dev ed
$ cd $GOROOT/src
$ mkdir $GOBIN
$ ./all.bash

Total download around 10 MB... After around 12 minutes, the install will finish and 'Go' will be up and running... You can put all the above steps into a shell script and run it... :) Wow... it have inbuilt crypto libraries too...

2. Programming in Go

Source file : *.go
Compiler : 8g (for 386)
Compiled file : *.8 (for 386)
Linker : 8l (for 386)
Output : 8.out

Hello World!!!

$ cat >hello.go <<EOF
package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
fmt.Printf("hello, world\n")

$ 8l hello.8
$ ./8.out
hello, world

That was easy... :) Phew !!!


We can use gccgo, gccgo is slower but more efficient... installing gccgo...

$ mkdir gccgo
$ sudo apt-get -y install subversion
$ svn checkout svn:// gccgo

It is actually taking too much time... I will come to that later...

Did you know there is a gcc test suite called "gcc-torture" ? :)

Update: I actually installed gccgo... gccgo is up and running...

3. Let's review...

Examples in [brackets]...

- package from Java [package main]
- import from Java/Python [import fmt "fmt"]
- Comments same as C++
- No terminator
- C style func [func main()]
- C style braces ({})
- There are typed and untyped variables/constants [var s string = "";]
- var for declarations
- Grouping of same datatype declarations, separated by semicolon (;)

Just this much for now...

The verdict... nothing for now... but I am gonna learn the language... :)

Reference: Installing Go

See also... » gccgo mini-HOWTO

» gccgo - another Google Go compiler

» Booting Ubuntu 9.10 - Part 1 (The Downfall)

» Booting Ubuntu 9.10 - Part 2 (The Koala Reborn)

» Effective Use of VIM - Part 1

» Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala on the move

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» VLC 1.0.0 in Ubuntu

» Sudo without Password in Ubuntu

» Internet Explorer in Ubuntu

» Torrent in Ubuntu

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