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Prologue to Go for PHP Developers

As of late, I began chipping away at an inward CLI application for my group at work. My primary programming dialect of decision is PHP, however I needed to make this program in a dialect that could keep running on any stage without having a translator as of now introduced. I additionally needed the application to act naturally contained in a solitary paired for simple conveyance and establishment. I downloaded Go and was wonderfully astonished at how simple to take in the dialect is and how gainful I got with it in a short measure of time. Go’s procedural programming model truly clicked with my PHP mind and I could get this application up and running rapidly. There are some eminent contrasts with PHP however, so I need to share them for some other PHP designer who needs to learn Go later on.



I utilize a Mac so I introduced Go utilizing Homebrew: blend introduce go. In the event that you don’t have Homebrew on your Mac, I exceedingly prescribe utilizing it.

Windows and Linux

The Go site has downloads for every OS, including a stroll through installer for Windows that makes the establishment simple.


In Go, all source code for each Go venture is put away under a solitary index called the GOPATH. Of course, the GOPATH is set to go in your home organizer, e.g. /Users/andrewdavis/go. In the GOPATH, there is a container registry and a src catalog. The container index holds any pairs you download as conditions. You will need to add the container envelope to your PATH condition variable. You can do as such in your terminal’s .bashrc/.zshrc record with trade PATH=$PATH:$(go env GOPATH)/receptacle. To begin learning Go, you can download the Tour of Go program by running the accompanying in your terminal go get golang.org/x/visit/gotour. go get downloads the source code and parallel for an outsider reliance utilizing the gave way. Presently, you can run gotour in your terminal and it will begin a web server and indicate your program it.

To make a venture, make a catalog under src in your GOPATH: mkdir – p $GOPATH/src/helloworld. Open that organizer disc $GOPATH/src/helloworld and make a record called primary, contact main.go. In that document, put the accompanying:

bundle primary

import “fmt”

func primary() {

fmt.Println(“Hello world!”)


The beginning stage for all Go programs is the principle work in the fundamental bundle. Next, you can run go run main.go to run the program. You can likewise run go introduce and the program will be accumulated and put in the receptacle index so you can execute helloworld in your terminal and it will run your code.

Significant Differences from PHP

Since you have an undertaking set up, you can begin investigating the distinctive Go highlights. One of the primary things you will see is that semi-colons are not required in Go. The finish of an announcement is distinguished by another line. Here are some more contrasts that set aside me some opportunity to get it:


Go is a statically and specifically dialect so every factor has a sort doled out to it. Factors in capacities are appointed utilizing the := administrator and this administrator will naturally set the variable sort for you: name := “Andrew”/name is presently a string. To make a variable without setting any information in it or to make one outside of a capacity you need to utilize the var catchphrase: var name string.

In the event that announcements

In the event that announcements work the same as they do in PHP, anyway they don’t need to utilize enclosures around the boolean check. The distinction befuddled me at first when perusing Go code. Notwithstanding, I think it makes the code somewhat less demanding to peruse.

bundle fundamental

import “fmt”

func fundamental() {

esteem := false

on the off chance that esteem {

fmt.Println(“Value is valid”)

} else {

fmt.Println(“Value is false”)



Bundles versus Namespaces

Go utilizes the term bundle to namespace it’s substance. On the off chance that you have an organizer called controllers in your Go code, each record in that envelope would begin with bundle controllers. To import controllers from another bundle, you would compose import “helloworld/controllers”. Anything in your bundle that has a name that begins with a capital letter can be utilized as a part of another bundle. On the off chance that you have a capacity named, func HelloWorld() in controllers, you would then have the capacity to call controllers.HelloWorld() to run the capacity once controllers is foreign made. Anything that does not begin with a capital letter must be utilized from a similar bundle. No requirement for private or open!


In Go, all strings must be encompassed by twofold statements. A solitary cited an incentive in Go is for a rune (a solitary Unicode code point). By propensity, I write my strings with single statements since that is normal practice in PHP. It requires a little investment to acclimate to continually utilizing twofold statements.

var name = “Andrew”

var duplicate = ‘©’

Structs versus Classes

Go does not have a class framework like PHP. Rather, it utilizes structs to demonstrate custom information structures. You can compose a struct like this:

bundle principle

type Cup struct {

name string

shading string

volume int


You can add strategies to a struct by making a capacity that references a struct in enclosures before the capacity name.

func (c Cup) nameAndColor() string {

return c.name + “: ” + c.color


You would then be able to make an example of a struct by composing the struct name and going in its underlying qualities in wavy supports. Technique execution utilizes spot documentation.

func principle() {

c := Cup{name: “Solo”, shading: “Red”, volume: 12}

c.nameAndColor()/returns “Solo: Red”


To make a strategy that changes the struct occurrence, the technique must reference a pointer to the struct:

func (c *Cup) pound() {

c.volume = 0



In Go, mistakes are not treated like special cases. There is no toss or catch system. Rather, blunders are come back from capacities on the off chance that one has happened. Go bolsters restoring numerous qualities from a capacity. In the event that you call a capacity that could restore a mistake, you need to check if the blunder isn’t nil to deal with the blunder condition.

bundle primary

import “fmt”

func GetName(name string) (string, blunder) {

on the off chance that name == “Bounce” {

return “”, fmt.Errorf(“Name can’t be Bob”)


return name, nil


func principle() {

name, blunder := GetName(“Bob”)

on the off chance that blunder != nil {

fmt.Println(“Uh-gracious a blunder has happened”)



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