Google's Go: A New Programming Language That's Python Meets C++

Jason Kincaid
Tuesday, November 10, 2009; 1:00 PM

Big news for developers out there: Google has just announced the release of a new, open sourced programming language called Go. The company says that Go is experimental, and that it combines the performance and security benefits associated with using a compiled language like C++ with the speed of a dynamic language like Python. Go's official mascot is Gordon the gopher, seen here.

Here's how Google describes Go in its blog post:

Go attempts to combine the development speed of working in a dynamic language like Python with the performance and safety of a compiled language like C or C++. In our experiments with Go to date, typical builds feel instantaneous; even large binaries compile in just a few seconds. And the compiled code runs close to the speed of C. Go is designed to let you move fast.We're hoping Go turns out to be a great language for systems programming with support for multi-processing and a fresh and lightweight take on object-oriented design, with some cool features like true closures and reflection.

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To get things started the right way, here's Go's rendition of Hello World!:

05 package main07 import fmt "fmt"//Package implementing formatted I/O.09 func main() { 10 fmt.Printf("Hello, world; or ???????? ?????; or ????? ??n"); 11 }

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