Zac Anger's Blog


24 January, 2016

Go programs are made of packages. The package name is the last element of the import path.

main is the entry point.

Imports can be written as a single statement, or multiple statements.

import "fmt" import "math"

import (

Good practice says to use the former option.

Exports being with a CapitalLetter. Imports can bring in any exports from other packages, same as with NPM//APT/ whatever.

Functions can take 0 or more args:

func add(x int, y int) int {
  return x + y

Declaration is a little weird. Instead of the traditional int Z or the dynamic (JS style), we do w int. This means:

x int
p *int
a [3]int

func main(argc int, argv[]string) int

Note that Go's actual main takes no arguments.

f func(func(int,int) int, int) func (int, int) int

Pointers: x = *p

So, Go declares left-to-right.

If two named function params share a type the type can be omitted from everything except the last, eg

func add(x, y, z int) int {
  return x + y + z

Functions can return any number of results. Returns can be named, as well, and if they are, they're vars defined at top of function (hosted return variables, I guess?). A 'naked' return would be one that doesn't say what to return, in which case it just returns the named variables. Should only be used in short fns for readability.

var can be at package or fn level. Type is declared after. so var foo, bar, quux, baz bool.

If initialized at declaration, explicit type annotation can be omitted. var q, r = 8, 16.

:= is shortand for var with implicit type, but only available inside a fn--globally, every statement must begin with keyword. So:

var foo, bar = false, false

func foo() {
  var s, t int = 32, 64
  u := 128

Types in Go:

var declared without value is given zero value. That means 0 for numerics, false, or "".

Expression T(v) makes value to Type.

Types are inferred by value on the right, except when right contains untyped numeric const--that means we can have int, float64, or complex128 depending on precision of the const.

const is declared var-style, can be char, string, bool, or numeric. Cannot use :=.

Note that int can store max 64-bit.

Loops: only for. No (), {} are required.

func bar() {
  sum :=0
  for i :=0; i < 10; i++ {
    sum +=1

Pre and post can be empty, which just gives us a while.

for sum < 999 {
  sum += sum

Infinte loop:

func quux () {
  for {

If statements, again no parens, required braces. Vars declared in if are avail in else, before fmt.Print1n.

Case: similar. Breaks automatically, unless fallthrough. Switch from top down, breaks on success. Switch sans condition means switch true.

defer does not evaluate until its surrounding func returns. Defers can be stacked; they are then executed LIFO.

Here's the usual...

package main

import fmt "fmt" // formatted i/o

func main() {
  fmt.Printf("Hello, world.")

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