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It’s Time to Go!

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It’s Time to Go!

What is “Go?”

There are currently many great development languages that are used for creating SaaS applications. In the past 5+ years, I have worked with Go developers and have experienced many successes using this language. Go is a language that was created in 2007; It has grown in popularity over the past few years, and even big companies such as Salesforce have dropped Python to switch to Go. Github Language Stats shows that in 2020, Go ranked #4 out of 50 programming languages, with a 9% YoY increase. It is becoming a favorite when developing SaaS solutions that need to be super scalable.

Go is a compiled language and makes things simpler for programmers and developers. It was originally created by Google to replace side-languages such as C++ or Java. Go is a very scalable development language and has become one of the favorite languages among developers today. It is easy to learn, and being a compiled language means that it is extremely fast, and errors are reduced by pre-checks before the application is even launched. Many companies use the Go Language, and their experiences have shown that they are able to shorten the development cycle of large complex projects.

Who uses Go?

Today, hundreds of companies that you know and patronize are already using Go. Microsoft, for example, uses this language to power parts of the Azure Infrastructure. Below are some other well-known companies using Go today:

  • DropBox
  • Salesforce Einstein 
  • Motus
  • Uber
  • Twitch
  • Soundcloud
  • Alibaba
  • Capital One
  • Google
  • Sendgrid
  • Dropbox
  • American Express
  • Allegro
  • Monzo
  • Capital One
  • Paypal
  • 1Password
  • Slack

Take Soundcloud, for instance; a company that has used Go since 2012. They use several languages already and now prioritize the Go language that’s better and faster for this type of music platform. Soundcloud programmers even say that “the time from zero to productive commits is faster in Go than any other language we use; sometimes, drastically so” Go at SoundCloud | SoundCloud Backstage Blog. Being a polyglot company also requires easy transitions between codes and programs. With Go being quick to learn and a compiled language, it is perfect for creating the smoothest transitions between upgrades in the application.

Why you should use Go Language

Go is an excellent language if you’re building an application, especially SAAS applications. The speed at which learning Go, the benefits of Go, including increased productivity, built-in testing, and automated analysis, compile compatibility, and simplicity, are why I use Go for my projects. We will be seeing Go a lot more in the Tech World, especially if you’re starting a new project, this is a language you will definitely want to look at. There are many other benefits of using Go that we will discuss in future articles, including frameworks that are starting to mature and will make it even easier to create new applications.

It would be great to hear from you about the programming languages you use, and the reasons why. I am looking forward to your comments!

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