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Go: Design Patterns for Real-World Projects by Mat Ryer, Mario Castro Contreras, Vladimir Vivien

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Higher-order functions

We have already established that Go functions are values bound to a type. So, it should not be a surprise that a Go function can take another function as a parameter and also return a function as a result value. This describes the notion known as a higher-order function, which is a concept adopted from mathematics. While types such as struct let programmers abstract data, higher-order functions provide a mechanism to encapsulate and abstract behaviors that can be composed together to form more complex behaviors.

To make this concept clearer, let us examine the following program, which uses a higher-order function, apply, to do three things. It accepts a slice of integers and a function as parameters. It applies the specified ...

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