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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)
Free Chapter
1. Variables and Operators
2. Logic and Loops

Sending Data to a Server

In addition to requesting data from a server, you will also want to send data to a server. The most common way of doing this is via a POST request. A POST request comes in two main parts: the URL and the body. The body of a POST request is where you put the data you want to send to the server. A common example of this is a login form. When we send a login request, we POST the body to the URL. The web server then checks that the login details within the body are correct and updates our login status. It responds to the request by telling the client whether it succeeded or not. In this chapter, you will learn how to send data to a server using a POST request.

Exercise 14.03: Sending a Post Request to a Web Server Using the Go HTTP Client

In this exercise, you will send a POST request to a web server containing a message. The web server will then respond with the same message so you can confirm that it received it:

  1. Create a new directory, Exercise14...