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#​470 — July 25, 2023

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✍️ It feels like there's a particularly strong drive to improve Go lately, whether it's through the ever growing number of proposals from folks like Russ Cox, the development of tools like govulncheck, or folks writing articles about how to write better code. Go's a simple language with modest ambitions, but it's not resting on its laurels and is actively continuing to get better all the time – long may it last!
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An Overhaul of Inlining for Go 1.22Inlining is the concept of replacing a function call in a program with the contents of the function itself, thus avoiding the call. Go’s inliner has improved over the years, but the policies around when and what to inline have become a little out of date. The idea, then, is to implement a variety of tweaks that could introduce, Austin says, “significant performance improvements for Go applications”.

Austin Clements et al.

A Preview of Ranging Over Functions — A new language proposal (yes, another one!) suggests adding two new types for/range can iterate over. The first (integers) is mostly syntactic sugar, but the second (functions) would allow iteration over custom collection types which is pretty huge.

Eli Bendersky

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How to Find and Fix Vulnerable Dependencies with govulncheck — Last week, we featured govulncheck’s 1.0 release, and now there’s an official tutorial on the Go site on using the tool to scan a Go program for vulnerabilities and the steps to take if you find anything.

Go Documentation

Proposal: Let's Make Go's HTTP Request Multiplexer Betterhttp.ServeMux is an HTTP request multiplexer (or router, if you will) and there has been talk this year of making it better by adding support for HTTP method based routing and support for wildcards in paths. This has now turned into a proposal.

Jonathan Amsterdam


Common Pitfalls in Go Benchmarking“While these pitfalls are presented in Go, they exist in any programming language or environment, so the lessons learned here are widely applicable.”

Eli Bendersky

Getting Friendly with CPU Caches — Understanding how to make your code cache-friendly can result in significant performance gains but be sure you understand the risks and tradeoffs therein.

Miki Tebeka and William Kennedy

Using Cobra to Build Go-Powered CLIs — A step by step tutorial for creating a basic CLI app using the Cobra approach.

Joseph Udonsak

“DevOps Workload Has Dropped by 90% for Services Migrated to Encore” — Check out Bookshop.org's ongoing journey from a Ruby on Rails monolith to a Go microservices architecture.

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A Gentle Introduction to Pointers in Go — Very short and elementary, but.. “if you’re a bit fuzzy on exactly what pointers and how they work, it should help you out!”

Alex Edwards

From 26 Minutes to 20 Seconds: Using pprof to Optimize Large GraphQL Operations in Go

🛠 Code & Tools

ff 3.4: A 'Flags-First' Package for Configuration — Provides an opinionated way to populate a flag.FlagSet with configuration data from the environment via cmd line args, config file, or environment variables.

Peter Bourgon

Vegeta: An HTTP Load Testing Tool and Library — A Go-powered load testing approach with lots of customization potential, a built-in plotting tool, and even a way to render real-time reports in your terminal.

Tomás Senart

Get Started with Temporal and Go — Build apps with Temporal + Go by setting up your development environment, then exploring how Temporal Applications work.

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ov: Feature-Rich Terminal-Based Text Viewer/Pager — Aims to replace less, more, tail -f and watch in one.

Noboru Saito

Risor: An Embeddable Scripting Language Written in Go — Formerly known as Tamarin, Risor code (which feels a bit like a hybrid of Go and Python and can use the Go standard library) gets compiled to bytecode and run on a small pure Go VM. GitHub repo.

Curtis Myzie

go-sse 0.6: Spec-Compliant Server-Sent Events (SSE) LibraryServer Sent Events is a Web API supported by all major browsers that lets servers stream/send messages to (listening) pages at will.

Teodor Maxim


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