Security and privacy, as practical matters, have continued to gain interest, especially in the technology industry. The cybersecurity market is booming and continuing to grow. The industry moves fast with innovations and research coming out constantly. Not only has the interest and speed of security picked up, but the scale of applications along with the risk have also grown by orders of magnitude. The industry needs a programming language that is simple to learn, cross-platform, and efficient on a large scale. Go is the perfect fit, having an extremely powerful standard library, short learning curve, and blazing speed.
In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:
- Go's history, language design, criticisms, community, and learning tips
- Why use Go for security
- Setting up a development environment and writing your first program
- Running the example programs