Go… the adventure continues

So far so good in my Go exploring. I’m still mainly focusing on my Go port of AzureCopy , and I’ve got to say it’s been heaps of fun.

Firstly, looking back at my previous blog post to see what I’ve actually done against my planned outline:

  • Dev environment. Check…  definitely up and working fine. Important note to Visual Studio Code users (on Windows at least). Make sure you follow the VERY useful instructions at StackOverflow if you want to get debugging (via Delve) working.
  • Basic solution. Check…   the structure is fairly different from the original AzureCopy but this isn’t anything to do with C# vs Go… it’s purely down to experience and knowing what works and what would work better. The newer structure I have with the Go version could easily be applied to any other language, but for now I’m not going to start changing my C# version.
  • Haven’t hit the local filesystem yet…  but have started with Azure. So far can list containers and read blobs (again all in the new structure). VERY happy with the results.

 

Ok, overall very happy with Go, but my complaints (which I think are just the usual bunch of complaints I’m seeing with people new to Go) are:

  • No exceptions, just heaps of bloody err != nil checking. Seems tedious… but I’m sure I’ll understand WHY they chose this (eventually)
  • Debugging with Delve isn’t that easy yet. I swear the debugger jumps about the place a little. So far I’m mostly relying on log files rather that realtime inspection of variables in a debugger.

Coding in Go really does give me a “retro rush” which makes me feel like I’m back in the late 90’s coding C. I’m REALLY enjoying it. Yes, it can seem primitive (compared to C#) but at the same time it feels pure, easy enough to fit in my memory. This is good! Smile

The adventure continues….

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