[FRIAM] The Go Programming Language

Douglas Roberts doug at parrot-farm.net
Wed Nov 11 11:40:25 EST 2009

Well, the slashdot readership was somewhat underwhelmed by GO:


On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 9:21 AM, Owen Densmore <owen at backspaces.net> wrote:

> Well, I didn't mean to pan it by the YAPL tag.  But we are getting a lot of
> them.  D was supposed to be the savior for a while, and probably will
> eventually displace C++.  D can call C/C++ now, I believe.
> I'm surprised you like GO, isn't garbage collection a bad idea?  I seem to
> remember long conversations about how the last cpu cycle had to be wrung out
> of any large system, and GC foils that.
> I'm really impressed Rob Pike is on the design team.  ATT really owned the
> computing world for quite a while.  Hopefully Rob will integrate the best
> ideas into GO.
> But YA does apply.  I'm getting language fatigue.  I was hoping there'd be
> a rational core set of languages:
>  - Systems language: C/C++ level.  Used for kernel/OS/drivers.
>  - Shell languages: Basically an easy way to pipe code written in System
> Language
>  - Scripting: Python, Ruby, JavaScript level.  Rapid prototyping where
> performance
>    less important.
>  - Domain Specific: modeling (NetLogo etc), web (PHP, Javascript) .. etc
> So where does GO fit in?  Probably at the systems level.  The shells and
> scripting languages may be able to use GO commands, that would be sweet.  So
> if we're just jacking up the programming platforms, inserting GO as a C/C++
> replacement, and dropping it back down, that could work.
> And yes, I miss the idea of a VM underneath it all.  But if they come up
> with a MS Common Language Runtime, that would be just as good.
> Hey, maybe a wedtech on GO?
>    -- Owen
> On Nov 10, 2009, at 9:52 PM, Douglas Roberts wrote:
>  What are you talking about, Owen?  That's one good looking language.  I
>> think I'm in love.
>> Seriously.
>> I'm not too wild about it's mascot Gordon the Gopher, however.
>> --
>> Doug Roberts
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