Go (also referred to as golang) is a powerful open-source programming language created by Google that’s a good fit for back-end applications where performance and precision are particularly important. We use Go when a website demands fast performance speeds without compromising security. When the complexity of Java and Ruby can bog down websites that demand fast performance, we turn to Go for quick compilation without compromising safety.
This memory-managed backend processing system works by pulling data from databases and APIs, then compiling your program into a static binary to make deployment and scaling data really simple and fast.
We used Go to sort out thoroughbred horse racing odds and results for Churchill Downs and NYRA. For another client, we built a CRUD application on AngularJS that talks to parts of a database in a Go API backend, so that users can send updates to those specific sections.
Here at Culture Foundry, we’ve also used it internally to enhance the functionality of our Trello automated processes.
Go does have its disadvantages. Many developers love using Go and hate PHP (or vice-versa), so it’s hard to find devs who can do both well. Go offers a smaller package ecosystem compared to Ruby or Node.js, but its standard library does offer many features.