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The Go Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan, Alan A. A. Donovan

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1. Tutorial

This chapter is a tour of the basic components of Go. We hope to provide enough information and examples to get you off the ground and doing useful things as quickly as possible. The examples here, and indeed in the whole book, are aimed at tasks that you might have to do in the real world. In this chapter we’ll try to give you a taste of the diversity of programs that one might write in Go, ranging from simple file processing and a bit of graphics to concurrent Internet clients and servers. We certainly won’t explain everything in the first chapter, but studying such programs in a new language can be an effective way to get started.

When you’re learning a new language, there’s a natural tendency to write code as you would have ...

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