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Hands-On System Programming with Go

By : Alex Guerrieri
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Hands-On System Programming with Go

By: Alex Guerrieri

Overview of this book

System software and applications were largely created using low-level languages such as C or C++. Go is a modern language that combines simplicity, concurrency, and performance, making it a good alternative for building system applications for Linux and macOS. This Go book introduces Unix and systems programming to help you understand the components the OS has to offer, ranging from the kernel API to the filesystem. You'll then familiarize yourself with Go and its specifications. You'll also learn how to optimize input and output operations with files and streams of data, which are useful tools in building pseudo-terminal applications. You'll gain insights into how processes communicate with each other, and learn about processes and daemon control using signals, pipes, and exit codes. This book will also enable you to understand how to use network communication using various protocols, including TCP and HTTP. As you advance, you'll focus on Go's best feature - concurrency, which will help you handle communication with channels and goroutines, other concurrency tools to synchronize shared resources, and the context package to write elegant applications. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to build concurrent system applications using Go
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
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Section 1: An Introduction to System Programming and Go
Section 2: Advanced File I/O Operations
Section 3: Understanding Process Communication
Section 4: Deep Dive into Concurrency
Section 5: A Guide to Using Reflection and CGO

Language features

Go is a modern server language with great concurrency primitives and a memory system that is mostly automated. It is considered by some to be a successor to C, and it manages to do so in many scenarios because it's performant, has an extensive standard library, and has a great community that provides many third-party libraries which cover, extend, and improve its functionalities.

History of Go

Go was created in 2007 in order to try and address Google's engineering problems, and was publicly announced in 2009, reaching version 1.0 in 2012. The major version is still the same (version 1), while the minor version grows (version 1.1, 1.2, and so on) together with its ...