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I personally learned Go about 3.5 years ago myself by following tutorials on tour.golang.org, reading the Effective Go document and other blog posts here and there. Then I bought the book last year just out of curiosity. Honestly I find that the experience you gain by reading/writing Go code and consuming online content is more beneficial than the book. The book has some good parts, but I don't think it’s as practical as online resources.



> Honestly I find that the experience you gain by reading/writing Go code and consuming online content is more beneficial than the book.

This applies to almost all languages and technologies!


Yes, but sometimes it is much easier to get moving with a good textbook.

With Go, a few online tutorials and the documentation that comes with Go itself, were all I needed to get going. I am not sure if that was an explicit design goal, but I found the language very easy to learn.


I believe it was an explicit design goal. They wanted new employees joining from straight out of college to be effective within Google's codebase as soon as possible. Therefore the learning curve is pretty low if you already know another mainstream programming language.




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