Tech Tip of the Week: The “Go” Programming Language

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Ever hear of the Go (a.k.a “Golang”) Programming Language? If not, you need to check it out! It is perhaps one of the best, newest programming languages out there. What is so good about Go? For starters: it is easy to program, it natively supports networking and multicore computing, it’s fast, and best of all, it’s cool!

Here is a quick example of how to write your own webserver in Go. To run, assuming you have Go installed, just save this as webserver.go and type the command in an editor: go run webserver.go .

Save the following code to a file called webserver.go:

package mainimport (




func handler(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {

fmt.Fprintf(w, “<html><body>NJIT loves Go!   Visit <a href=></a> for more info%s!”, r.URL.Path[1:])


func main() {

http.HandleFunc(“/”, handler)

http.ListenAndServe(“:8080”, nil)


Now run the command:

Go run webserver.go

You just wrote and ran a webserver in Go. Pretty easy right?

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By Tom Maciejewski

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