October 2011 GTUG Meet
November 3, 2011 3 Comments
The October meeting was a little less intense than some of our previous meets. There were two items on the agenda, both talks: one was a longer talk focused on Go and the other was a shorter talk describing an application.
Balazs Lecz, a Google SRE, gave a talk on Go. Balazs gave a very nice talk covering the motivation for the language, the key features of the language and covered some of the tools. Balazs talked about the interface features (and divergence from classical object oriented thinking), functions as first class objects and the concurrency features. Following the talk there was quite a lengthy Q&A session which reflected the level of interest in the audience. Questions were asked about the efficiency of the language – it generates code which executes in 1-2x times C/C++ code – and the main benefits of the language – there is no single big advantage to Go; rather quite a few smaller ones, which in aggregate make it a reasonably compelling proposition. [Slides here].
There were a few notices of future events. [Slides here].
The video for this session should be on the channel real soon now. Will update this with link when ready.
Next meeting on Nov 29th will have a panel session entitled ‘Battle of the Backends’ in which we will have a religious war over Ruby on Rails, Python (and its various web frameworks) and node.js – it should be good fun.