Go on RPi
Go is potentially an exciting language to use on the Pi. Its compiler runs very fast and the programs it produces will be nearly as fast as C/C++. It's an easy language to learn for anyone used to C, C++, Java etc. But more importantly though, its concurrency model is very well suited to writing controller programs, so Go should be a good choice for those using the GPIO features. It has a clean new standard API that makes it easier than many of the alternatives for beginners to write web applications, for example.
For those using Raspbian on their Pi, building Go from source is the current route. This is quite easy but a bit time-consuming (allow about an hour). Here are two alternatives:
- Dave Cheney has provided instructions on building Go on Raspbian from the very latest source code. He has also blogged about Go on FreeBSD instead.
- Liam Green-Hughes has provided instructions for building the current released version instead of the very tip. This is likely to be more stable in principle, as long as the ARM support is sufficiently complete.