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Mastering Go – Third Edition - Third Edition

By : Mihalis Tsoukalos
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Mastering Go – Third Edition - Third Edition

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By: Mihalis Tsoukalos

Overview of this book

Mastering Go is the essential guide to putting Go to work on real production systems. This freshly updated third edition includes topics like creating RESTful servers and clients, understanding Go generics, and developing gRPC servers and clients. Mastering Go was written for programmers who want to explore the capabilities of Go in practice. As you work your way through the chapters, you’ll gain confidence and a deep understanding of advanced Go concepts, including concurrency and the operation of the Go Garbage Collector, using Go with Docker, writing powerful command-line utilities, working with JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data, and interacting with databases. You’ll also improve your understanding of Go internals to optimize Go code and use data types and data structures in new and unexpected ways. This essential Go programming book will also take you through the nuances and idioms of Go with exercises and resources to fully embed your newly acquired knowledge. With the help of Mastering Go, you’ll become an expert Go programmer by building Go systems and implementing advanced Go techniques in your projects.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
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Developing a basic phone book application

In this section, to utilize the skills you've picked up so far, we will develop a basic phone book application in Go. Despite its limitations, the presented application is a command-line utility that searches a slice of structures that is statically defined (hardcoded) in the Go code. The utility offers support for two commands named search and list that search for a given surname and return its full record if the surname is found, and lists all available records, respectively.

The implementation has many shortcomings, including the following:

  • If you want to add or delete any data, you need to change the source code
  • You cannot present the data in a sorted form, which might be OK when you have 3 entries but might not work with more than 40 entries
  • You cannot export your data or load it from an external file
  • You cannot distribute the phone book application as a binary file because it uses hardcoded data