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Go for Python Programmers


Shahriar Tajbakhsh - Go for Python Programmers [EuroPython 2016] [19 July 2016] [Bilbao, Euskadi, Spain] (

A side-by-side walkthrough of basic Go history, syntax, semantics and tools compared to Python.

There's been quite a bit of hype around Go for some time. In particular within the Python community, we've seen some engineers moving their stack from Python to Go or starting their new project in Go. This talk is not about whether you should move from Python to Go. Instead, this talk is for those who've been hearing all about all the hype but haven't yet had a chance to take a proper look at Go.

We'll first _very_ briefly look at Go and Python's history. Then we'll go through a high-level side-by-side walkthrough of basic Go syntax and semantics compared to Python. Finally, we'll have a brief look at a subset of the ecosystem and tools available to Go and Python programmers for certain tasks such as testing, code formatting, documentation generation etc.

By the end, you will not be a Go programmer but you'll have a high- level feel for how the Go language operates.

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