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Great Go will help you quickly and effectively begin programming in the brand new programming language from Google, Go. By the time you're through these lessons, you'll be easily apply your existing programming skills to this new -- and often surprising -- language. Loops, branching, arrays, vectors, and the struct keyword are all covered in this crash course for existing programmers looking to add Go to their skill set.

You'll do more than just transition your existing skills to Go, though. You'll pick up Go-specific techniques and semantics, like returning multiple values from a single function and competently handling slices. You'll also get the straight scoop on where Go shines, and where it's just odd and a bit clunky. Don't wait a months for a book when you can start writing Go code today.Great Go will help you quickly and effectively begin programming in the brand new programming language from Google, Go. By the time you're through these lessons, you'll be easily apply your existing programming skills to this new -- and often surprising -- language. Loops, branching, arrays, vectors, and the struct keyword are all covered in this crash course for existing programmers looking to add Go to their skill set.

You'll do more than just transition your existing skills to Go, though. You'll pick up Go-specific techniques and semantics, like returning multiple values from a single function and competently handling slices. You'll also get the straight scoop on where Go shines, and where it's just odd and a bit clunky. Don't wait a months for a book when you can start writing Go code today.

When you buy Great Go, you get access to an entire video library of lessons-including lessons that aren't available yet! Here's the scoop: we're continually adding new sections that take you further into Go. We're also updating existing lessons and creating new ones in response to your questions, along with special "challenge lessons" that will test your skills. All of this is yours with Great Go.

Subscriber Reviews

Average Rating: 2.5 out of 5 rating Based on 6 Ratings

"Very basic, bad/wrong tutorial at end" - by PW on 26-APR-2014
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The final tutorial on vectors is a poor implementation to find retweets.  The query condition looks for "RT" in the tweet to find retweets... What if tweet had "RT" in body?  Basic tutorials that focus on new students to the language should really try to be more correct and robust.  
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"Already out of date" - by Glenn on 28-JUN-2010
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As of 6/26/2010, this video tutorial is already out of date, as the Go language has changed rapidly since 12/2009.  For example, most semicolons are no longer necessary.  Also, in the file reading example, io.ReadFile no longer exists.

Finally, there are a number of technical difficulties with these videos on Safari Online:

1) The video under "Files, Bytes, and Text" called
"Create a New Go Source File" is a duplicate of the video introduced earlier with the same name.

2) One of the video had severe audio problems where a short phrase was repeated throughout the remained of the video.

3) The video collection ends abruptly after "Vectors and Dynamic Structures" whereas the author makes it clear that the tutorials are just getting started.

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Table of Contents

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Installation and Setup

Go is Command-Line Friendly

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Set Your Environment Variables

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You Are Always Cross-Compiling

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Prepare to Install Mercurial

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Install Mercurial

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00:02:04

Check Out Go

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00:01:17

Get Go Dependencies

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Build Go

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When Things Go Wrong

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00:02:32

Test Your Installation

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Set Up Your Development Environment

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00:01:16

Write a Simple Program

Create a New Go Source File

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00:04:14

Declare an Array

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Initialize Your Array

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Loop Over an Array

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Print Formatted Data

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00:03:50

Challenge: Add a Gifts Array

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Solution: Add a Gifts Array

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Challenge: Loop Within Your Loop

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Solution: Loop Within Your Loop

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Simplify Your Code

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Files, Bytes, and Text

Create a New Go Source File

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Bookmark the Go Package Docs

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00:01:46

Use the io Package to Read a File

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00:03:12

Functions Can Return Multiple Values

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Go Warnings Are Actually Errors

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Challenge: Read a File and Print Any Errors

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Solution: Read a File and Print Any Errors

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Convert Bytes to a String

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00:03:22

Write a Simple Function

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How Often Does Tim Retweet?

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00:02:57

Vectors are Dynamic Structures

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