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A critique of Go

2018-03-19 20:19:50.761133+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Lawrence Kestaloot: Ten reasons why I don't like Golang.

I looked a little bit at Go, saw that its performance numbers weren't great and went back to C++ (personal projects) and Python (where I have to work collaboratively) and Java (legacy code). It still intrigues me, but I think these are some interesting critiques...

On the other hand, on the collaborative C++ project I've got going I have been bad about coding styles, need to do some refactoring, and am not sure I mind having coding styles dictated by the language.

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#Comment Re: A critique of Go made: 2018-03-20 03:13:49.552228+00 by: Jack William Bell [edit history]

Wow. I've used Go on just one large project and I didn't like it much (it's picky about the wrong things for one). Basically I disliked it about as much as I dislike ObjectiveC, but for different reasons. In other words, I would use it for another project if it was a requirement and I wouldn't complain too much.

However Lawrence has clearly thought it through and damn near everything he mentions is pretty much a deal killer for a big project. Maybe the only thing I don't feel about as strongly as he does is the ternary operator. (It's nice, but frankly not as readable as an if/else statement.)

#Comment Re: A critique of Go made: 2018-03-20 09:05:22.44008+00 by: spc476

Go is a proprietary language meant for Google and Google only. It's unusual that they make it available for others to use, but I think that's only to con most programmers into using it so they can cut down on training costs.

Rob Pike comes across as a patronizing dictator of language design---it's his way or get out. He doesn't trust programmers and it shows (neither did James Gosling with Java and it too, shows). Remember---this is Google, where they have a billion lines of code and they want replaceable cogs programmers fresh out of college so they're cheaper (and have less experience thus the distrust).

Go does not encode style in the language definition; it's just that everyone is expected to use gofmt (and I'll occasionally troll by saying Rob Pike wimped out by not enforcing the style in the language).

#Comment Re: A critique of Go made: 2018-03-21 16:13:21.999059+00 by: Dan Lyke

Elf Sternberg had some notes: http://www.elfsternberg.com/20...otebook-march-20th-golang-stuff/

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