Here starts a series of posts about the Go programming language and this post will give you a short overview of Go and hopefully a reason to learn it.
Go was originally designed at Google (Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike and Ken Thompson) with the goal to improve programming productivity and made its first stable release in 2012. Since November 2009 Go became a public open source project (GitHub).
Reason for Go
Because there is no other programming language out there combining safety, speed, and ease of programming.
Go on the other hand works like an interpreted language, because it was designed for fast compilation from the start. There is no VM. It compiles directly to cross-platform machine code and creates only one executable file without any dependencies. It has strong and static typing as well as integrated garbage collection and built-in concurrency. It is shipped with built-in command-line tools for auto-formatting, checking of race-condition issues, auto-documentation, test coverage reporting and refactoring.