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The Go Workshop

By : Delio D'Anna, Andrew Hayes, Sam Hennessy, Jeremy Leasor, Gobin Sougrakpam, Dániel Szabó
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The Go Workshop

By: Delio D'Anna, Andrew Hayes, Sam Hennessy, Jeremy Leasor, Gobin Sougrakpam, Dániel Szabó

Overview of this book

The Go Workshop will take the pain out of learning the Go programming language (also known as Golang). It is designed to teach you to be productive in building real-world software. Presented in an engaging, hands-on way, this book focuses on the features of Go that are used by professionals in their everyday work. Each concept is broken down, clearly explained, and followed up with activities to test your knowledge and build your practical skills. Your first steps will involve mastering Go syntax, working with variables and operators, and using core and complex types to hold data. Moving ahead, you will build your understanding of programming logic and implement Go algorithms to construct useful functions. As you progress, you'll discover how to handle errors, debug code to troubleshoot your applications, and implement polymorphism using interfaces. The later chapters will then teach you how to manage files, connect to a database, work with HTTP servers and REST APIs, and make use of concurrent programming. Throughout this Workshop, you'll work on a series of mini projects, including a shopping cart, a loan calculator, a working hours tracker, a web page counter, a code checker, and a user authentication system. By the end of this book, you'll have the knowledge and confidence to tackle your own ambitious projects with Go.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
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1. Variables and Operators
2. Logic and Loops

Managing Time

The Go programming language's time package provides two functions that allow you to manipulate time. One of them is called Sub(), and the other one is called Add(). There have not been many cases, in my experience, where this has been used. Mostly, when calculating the elapsed time of a script's execution, the Sub() function is used to tell the difference.

Let's see what the addition looks like:

  TimeToManipulate := time.Now()
  ToBeAdded := time.Duration(10 * time.Second)
  fmt.Println("The original time:",TimeToManipulate)
  fmt.Println(ToBeAdded," duration later:",TimeToManipulate.Add(ToBeAdded))

After execution, the following output welcomes us:

The original time: 2019-10-18 08:49:53.1499273 +0200 CEST m=+0.001994601
10s duration later: 2019-10-18 08:50:03.1499273 +0200 CEST m=+10.001994601

Let's inspect what happened here. We created a variable to hold our time, which...