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12 November 2012, 17:03

Go programming language turns three

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The Go open source project celebrated its third birthday over the weekend. Since the programming language was first unveiled by Google in November 2009, the project has been joined by hundreds of external contributors. Organisations using the language now includes the BBC, Novartis, SoundCloud, SmugMug, Canonical and others. Google itself has used the language to provide logic bits for several of its animated and interactive Doodles.

The developers are currently are working on version 1.1 of the language after having released the first stable version of Go in March of this year. Go 1.0 brought a stabilisation of the language that led to increased usage. Go now includes a package management system and is supported on Google's App Engine.

More information about the language is available from the project's documentation pages. Go is made available under a BSD-style licence and source code for the project is hosted on Google Code.


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