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The Go Workshop

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

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


The byte type in Go is just an alias for uint8, which is a number that has 8 bits of storage. In reality, byte is a significant type, and you'll see it in lots of places. A bit is a single binary value, a single on/off switch. Grouping bits into groups of 8 was a common standard in early computing and became a near-universal way to encode data. 8 bits have 256 possible combinations of "off" and "on," uint8 has 256 possible integer values from 0 to 255. All combinations of on and off can are represented with this type.

You'll see byte used when reading and writing data to and from a network connection and when reading and writing data to files.

With this, we're all done with numbers. Now, let's look at how Go stores and manages text.