I haven’t yet had my hands on the Go programming language, but I’ve kept a bit of an eye on it. It sounds interesting especially for those tasks that would benefit from concurrency – things like web spiders, email processors, etc. The language had recently celebrated the 4th birthday, and there is a nice retrospective on the project’s blog that shows how fast it is getting accepted and which projects and companies are using it.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The number of high-quality open source Go projects is phenomenal. Prolific Go hacker Keith Rarick put it well: “The state of the Go ecosystem after only four years is astounding. Compare Go in 2013 to Python in 1995 or Java in 1999. Or C++ in 1987!”