In computer science, when you think of exceptional people, a few names come to mind. Among them are Rob Pike, Robert Griesmier, and Ken Thompson, who are responsible for UNIX, Plan 9, B, Java’s JVM HotSpot, V8, Strongtalk, Sawzall, Ed, Acme, and UTF8, among many other creations. In 2007, they came together to experiment with a very powerful idea, combining their decades of experience to create a new systems language inspired by existing languages but truly unlike anything that came before. They released their creation as open source and named it “Go.” If Go continues on the course it is now on, it may indeed prove to be the most impactful of their many notable creations.

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