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Go on RPi

Revision as of 18:36, 1 April 2013 by Rickb777 (Talk | contribs)

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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. It has a clean new standard API that makes it easier than many of the alternatives for beginners to write web applications, for example. 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.


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: