Published: September 2021
This book contains 25 short programs that will challenge your understanding of Go. Like any big project, the Go developers had to make some design decisions that at times seem surprising. This book uses those quirks as a teaching opportunity. By understanding the gaps in your knowledge, you’ll become better at what you do. Some of the teasers are from the author’s experience shipping bugs to production, and some from others doing the same. Teasers and puzzles are fun, and learning how to solve them can teach you to avoid programming mistakes and maybe even impress your colleagues and future employers.
Programmers love the Go (golang) programming language because of its efficiency and simple tooling. But that doesn’t mean programming in Go is without challenges, like hidden dependencies that trip up the compiler and interesting string type conversions that differ from languages like Python. Work your way through 25 short brain teasers, and learn the nuances of Go in one of the most fun and creative ways around.
Challenge yourself and challenge your assumptions to gain a more in-depth understanding of integers, strings, Unicode, compiler behavior, and a variety of subtle programming gotchas that might otherwise trip you up. Just read a short program written in Go, try to guess the output, run the code yourself, and then go to the next page for an explanation of the solution. By working through these brain teasers, you’ll tighten up your Go programming skills and have lots of fun at the same time.
Taken from real-world, programming problems, conference talks, and meetup quizzes, these brain teasers provide an effective learning tool that’s as enjoyable as it is educational.
This book assumes you know Go at some level and have experience programming with it.
NOTE: We use Go version 1.14.1 to run the code; the output might change in future versions.
You will need a working Go environment, you can download it from https://golang.org/dl. You will probably want a good IDE for Go, two of the most popular ones are Visual Studio Code and GoLand.
Miki has a passion for teaching and mentoring. He teaches many workshops on various technical subjects all over the world and also mentored many young developers on their way to success. Miki is involved in open source, has several projects of his own, and contributed to several more - including the Go project. He has been using Go for more than 10 years.
Miki wrote Forging Python, Python Brain Teasers and is an author in LinkedIn Learning. He’s an organizer of Go Israel Meetup, GopherCon Israel, and PyData Israel Conference.
Published: September 2021