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One thing I fully believe led to Go's adoption is its feature-rich standard library. SSL connections, JSON parsing, HTTP and the like are all things that would be a major impediment if it was up to the developer to find some generally well accepted 3rd party module on Github and hope it stays maintained and stable.

Go's stdlib has spoiled me. It was the first language that I used in any serious capacity, and I just assumed that all languages had stdlibs that were more-or-less equivalent in terms of breadth and design. Sadly that is not the case. I find it hard to get excited about any new languages these days if it doesn't have a good stdlib. I think Go has really shifted people's expectations in that regard.

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