Gowitek is a leading Golang Development Company with over 12 years of leadership experience at the helm of our organization. We are Golang programmers who strive to bridge the gap between technology and business. As a customized software development Company, we develop software that focusses on helping businesses leverage the advantages of Google’s Go language. Golang is a dynamic type programming language composed explicitly for cloud platforms and web-based projects.
Golang saw the light of day in November 2012 when its version 1.0 was released to the public. However, work began on Golang about 5 years prior to this in 2007. Engineers at Google got frustrated with the computational inefficiencies of some of the existing languages. A widely believed story suggests that Golang was conceptualized when a certain verbose C++ code took long to compile. This led to Google Engineers Robert Pike, Ken Thompson and Robert Greismer putting their heads together to develop Golang. Golang was developed to handle modern computing requirements such as multi-core processing, cloud computing, analytics and computer networks.
It is a lightweight, open source language suited for today's microservices architectures. It’s suitability for modern computing makes it suitable for developing applications that are commercially viable. Golang is not only easy for developers but also efficient for end users such as businesses and organizations.
Scalability is the ability of a computer program to accommodate growing number of inputs. If a program is expected to work x inputs, will it also be able to accommodate x+y inputs? In case of a non-scalable program, the system will fail when the number of inputs increases leading to downtime. However, with scalable languages such as Golang, we can build applications that can scale up or down easily. It will not require employment or subsequent deployment of additional resources. As a result, companies save costs of buying additional server space. Golang is scalable because of its goroutines. They can calculate the stack size of every task in advance and then allocates memory resources accordingly. This results in optimum utilization of memory thus making the application scalable.
Concurrency allows simultaneous instructions to be executed by a computer program. In absence of concurrency, programs are executed sequentially. This implies that one instruction is executed after another in a defined manner. However, this may hamper speed and performance of the program. Goroutines in Golang enable simultaneous parallel task execution or multi threading. It provides basic support for concurrent execution and communication while its concurrency model follows sequential process of communicating. Networking apps are dependent on concurrency, and Golang’s native features such as goroutines and channels are suitable. It is ideal for developing minimal frameworks such as APIs, Web servers and Web development services. As a result, Golang applications are fast and efficient.
Golang combines the development speed of dynamic languages like Python with the performance and safety of a compiled language like C or C+. By compiling directly to the machine code it compiles even large binaries instantly reducing the Go-to-Market time of applications. It is clear Golang creators focussed on Compilation efficiency while designing this language. For instance, it does not re-read header files. It has exceptional dependency management which works across modules to cuts out extra work. This strategically reduces compile time and saves business unnecessary time and cost resources.
Garbage are objects that are not needed by a program and can be removed to free memory for new objects. Golang is completely Garbage collected. It can accurately determine and remove which objects are no longer referenced. Then it makes this heap space available. This relieves developers from the burden of freeing allocated memory and saves development time and cost. It also prevents programmers from accidentally freeing incorrect memory and committing other errors in memory management leading to memory leaks. In some languages, garbage collection slows the speed of execution.
Due to Go’s superior error handling process, the resultant code is neat, safe and bugfree. Golang requires every variable to have a type associated with it. Programmers must return possible errors from functions and handle those returns. The usual way of error handling in Golang is to compare the returned error to nil. A nil value means that no error has occurred and a non-nil value means there is an error. This can be a tedious process for programmers because several functions in the standard library return errors. However, this means that developers have to handle each one of them and the resultant code is error-free. It helps prevent subsequent costs of bug searching, fixing and application downtime.
Golang is a compiled language which means that code needs to be written individually for every platform. Once the program is compiled, the resulting binary will simply work on the target platform. Golangs dependency management enhances its cross-platform support. It handles dependencies at build time rather than at runtime. Interpreted languages, on the other hand, transfers dependency management to users, which complicates deployment processes across the different platform. Programmers can cross-compile code very easily with Go tooling by setting a variable or two before compiling. The packages are then automatically included.
Golang promotes programmers ease and efficiency as well as business viability and end-user suitability. Most of its features enable quick development, easy deployment, and error-free performance. This leads to lower costs and quicker Return on Investment. That said it would be inaccurate to state that it has no shortcomings. It still has a very young ecosystem and libraries are fewer than those of legacy languages. However, it has a passionate and vibrant community of Gophers who are constantly working on helping this language overcome its challenges. In 2017 Golang jumped by 65 positions from 2015 on the TIOBE index. It is a growingly popular language with more and more companies such as Uber, Microsoft, Airbnb and others adopting it. If you would like to hire Golang Developers to give your applications a competitive edge, drop us a message here.