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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


In the previous chapter, we looked at variables and values and how we can temporarily store data in a variable and make changes to that data. We're now going to look at how we can use that data to run logic, or not, selectively. This logic allows you to control how data flows through your software. You can react to and perform different operations based on the values in your variables.

The logic could be for validating your user's inputs. If we were writing code to manage a bank account, and the user asked to withdraw some money, we could check that they asked for a valid amount of money. We would check that they had enough money in their account. If the validation was successful, we would use logic to update their balance, transfer the money, and show a success message. If the validation failed, we'd show a message explaining what went wrong.

If your software is a virtual world, then logic is the physical law of that world. Like the physical laws...