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Hands-On High Performance with Go

By : Bob Strecansky
Book Image

Hands-On High Performance with Go

By: Bob Strecansky

Overview of this book

Go is an easy-to-write language that is popular among developers thanks to its features such as concurrency, portability, and ability to reduce complexity. This Golang book will teach you how to construct idiomatic Go code that is reusable and highly performant. Starting with an introduction to performance concepts, you’ll understand the ideology behind Go’s performance. You’ll then learn how to effectively implement Go data structures and algorithms along with exploring data manipulation and organization to write programs for scalable software. This book covers channels and goroutines for parallelism and concurrency to write high-performance code for distributed systems. As you advance, you’ll learn how to manage memory effectively. You’ll explore the compute unified device architecture (CUDA) application programming interface (API), use containers to build Go code, and work with the Go build cache for quicker compilation. You’ll also get to grips with profiling and tracing Go code for detecting bottlenecks in your system. Finally, you’ll evaluate clusters and job queues for performance optimization and monitor the application for performance regression. By the end of this Go programming book, you’ll be able to improve existing code and fulfill customer requirements by writing efficient programs.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: Learning about Performance in Go
Section 2: Applying Performance Concepts in Go
Section 3: Deploying, Monitoring, and Iterating on Go Programs with Performance in Mind

Iterators and the process of iteration

Iteration is the method of looking through a group of data, usually a list, in order to retrieve information from said list. Go has a bunch of different iterator patterns, all with benefits and drawbacks:

Iterator Benefit Drawback
for loop Simplest implementation No default concurrency.
Iterator function with a callback Simple implementation Unconventional styling for Go; difficult to read.
Channels Simple implementation More expensive computationally than some other iterators (with a marginal cost difference). The only iterator that is naturally concurrent.
Stateful iterators Difficult implementation A nice caller interface. Useful for complex iterators (commonly used in the standard library).

It's important to benchmark all of these against one another in order to validate assumptions about how long each one takes....