#311 — May 8, 2020

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Golang Weekly

Caddy 2: The Go-Powered Web Server with Automatic TLS — After over a year of redesign, Caddy 2 has a new architecture to v1. If you want a new HTTPS server that ‘just works’, Caddy is well worth a look IMO. Its lead creator, Matt Holt, answered lots of questions on this Hacker News thread about the release.

Caddy Web Server

Rek: An Easy HTTP Client for Go — The inspiration here is from Python’s very well known and highly esteemed Requests library.. so the Pythonistas among you might like this!

Luc Perkins

Modern Redis Features with RedisGreen — Online upgrades to the latest Redis 6.0 features, memory mapping, key size tracking, and more.

RedisGreen sponsor

Life Without Line Numbers — There’s a lot of buzz around reducing the size of Go binaries (1.15 does so by ~6%) and here’s another tactic: reduce the precision of the position information. The gain is 2-6%, depending on how far you take it.

Josh Bleecher Snyder

▶  Discussing Black Hat Go“Are you excited to learn about hacking and that?” Got an hour? Roberto Clapis, a security engineer at Google, and Tom Steele, a co-author of Black Hat Go, join the Go Time team to discuss security, penetration testing, and more.

Go Time Podcast

💻 Jobs

Enjoy Building Scalable Infrastructure in Go? Stream Is Hiring — Like coding in Go? We do too. Stream is hiring in Amsterdam. Apply now.


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📚 Articles & Tutorials

Mid-Stack Inlining in Go — Inlining a function can lead to serious performance gains, so why not do it for everything? Well, there are always trade-offs.

Dave Cheney

Asynchronous Preemption in Go 1.14 — How the new preemption implementation works, including the use of a lesser-known signal (SIGURG).

Vincent Blanchon

Why Are My Go Executable Files Larger Than My Source Code? — We built a data visualization tool to find out. Here’s how we built it, and what we learned.

Cockroach Labs sponsor

Accelerating Aggregate MD5 Hashing Up to 800% with AVX512 — The culmination of this work is md5-simd, a Go library that performs such rapid MD5 hashing (when running concurrently). The use cases here are quite restricted but you may appreciate seeing how such things are implemented for any high end SIMD wrangling you need to do one day.

MinIO Blog

▶  A Beginner's Guide to gRPC in Go — There’s a written version of the tutorial if you dislike videos.


Four Steps to Daemonize Your Go Programs — Daemons are programs that run as non-interactive background processes (e.g. background job processors, Web servers, database systems).

Ilija Eftimov

Go as a Scripting Language? — There’s plenty of folks that use Go as a scripting language, but there are challenges around REPLs and shebang support. Some of these challenges are being addressed today.

Segio De Simone

🛠 Code & Tools

UUID 3.3: A Pure Go Implementation of UUIDs — A pure Go implementation of Universally Unique Identifiers (UUID) as defined in RFC-4122 covering versions 1 through 5.

The Go Commune

Reed-Solomon: A Reed-Solomon Erasure Coding Library — A Go port of a Java library built by Backblaze that does Reed Solomon erasure coding (a way to send or store data in a larger form that’s resilient to data loss). Boasts operation of over 1GB/sec per core.

Klaus Post

ko 0.5: Build and Deploy Go Apps on Kubernetes — ko’s objective is to “to make containers invisible infrastructure.” It’s been rapidly maturing in the past few months too.


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Datadog APM sponsor

Tengo 2.2: A Fast Embeddable Script Language for Go — Quite a mature project now and worth a look if you need to add some dynamic scripting to your code.

Daniel Kang

UniPDF 3.7: A Library for Creating and Processing PDF Files — Pure Go, which is neat, but note it’s dual licensed: AGPL for open source, commercial for closed source projects.


Mockery: A Mock Code Generator for Go Interfaces


Dynamo: An Expressive DynamoDB Library

Greg Greg

🎲 Two Fun Side Projects

gasm: An Experimental WASM Virtual Machine for Gophers“I did this just for fun and for learning WASM specification.” Nonetheless, it works with basic examples.

Takeshi Yoneda

thdwb: A Homebrew Web Browser and Rendering Engine — Another experimental, fun learning project. You won’t be using it for your day to day browsing any time soon but projects like this keep the imagination fueled up.

Danilo Fragoso

It'd be quite cool to link to more fun Go experiments and side projects actually, so let us know if you work on any. Bonus points for games, musical, or Web experiences 😄