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Tools, Tools, and More Tools

Inspired by the official tools for the build system and code formatting, many developers have created their own tools. The most prominent examples are autocompletion, refactoring, and linting, but many other small utilities handle recurring tasks. The Go standard libraries come with a parser for the language, and Go follows the Unix principle, "Write programs that do one thing and do it well," so tools of this kind work at the command line and can be combined with any editor.

Go Community

A programming language can be as good as the best, but without a community it will not catch on. Go has a community. Besides Google, a long list of well-known companies [7] are Go users, including the BBC, Canonical, and Dropbox.

The original intention of Go was to facilitate the development of server applications, and that is precisely what it is doing today. For example, the Docker [8] container virtualization is completely written in Go; Ubuntu manufacturer Canonical relies on Go for both Juju [9] and LXD [10], and Disqus uses Go for its comment system.

A huge number of user groups, meet-ups, and conferences additionally boost the community. Last year, three well-visited events served the Go community: GopherCon [11], dotGo [12], and GoCon Tokyo. The Go events at Fosdem sell out regularly. The Go language appears to have joined the mainstream and intends to stay there.

Go Language

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