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GopherCon 2019

San Diego  +  GopherCon 2019  = <3

TL;DR Some liveblogs from the conf if only the sessions interest you: about.sourcegraph.com/go.

A week ago (July 25 - July 27) I went to the beautiful city of San Diego and attended GopherCon 2019. For Go developers in North America, GopherCon is probably the most exciting and biggest Go meetup that takes place annually. In two days, gophers around the world gathering together, networking, sharing their knowledge, excitement and feedback about the Go programming language. It was an event I had been eagerly anticipating since the beginning of the year.

The conference

It was my 2nd time at GopherCon. Last year I went to Denver and attended the conference when it was hosted at Colorado Convention Centre. I still remember the moment when I stepped into the main theatre before the opening keynote, seeing all the fellow gophers, I was deeply touched. I also recall Kelsey Hightower’s amazing talk Going Serverless, and his great humor when he said “good developers copy; great developers paste”.

After 5 years in Denver, this year the conference was moved to San Diego, and hosted at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Lots of great talks, learnings, and of course, some nice swags collected there :)

Before the conf 1     Before the conf 2

The opening keynote On the road to Go 2 was given by Russ Cox. Last year he gave an update on Go 2 through a recorded video Go 2 Drafts Announcement. It was nice to see the Go team had been working with the community. Having the decisions driven by a feedback loop, and only ship changes when they are thoroughly experimented and simplified.

It was pleased to see the Go team listened to the voices from the community on the controversial try vs err != nil proposal, and moving forward with generics experiments, which was later covered by another awesome talk Generics in Go presented by Ian Lance Taylor. Even before Go 2, we could still get nice things like the new error handling helpers Unwrap interface, errors.Is and errors.As in the upcoming Go 1.13 release. Go please (gopls) was recently introduced to consolidates all the tools used by our editors into one, and hopefully my vim will stop breaking after upgrading to newer versions of Go.

Why generics

Ron Evans, aka. @deadprogram, gave a high quality talk on TinyGo and running Go code on microcontrollers. I’ve always dreamed of writing Go for Arduino. The approach TinyGo took by using Go language tools and LLVM to optimize the size of the binary was very inspiring. As always, Ron got to fly his drone and demonstrated TinyGo + GoCV working together.

In addition to those, more stunningly presented talks I went to and learned a ton from:

The city of San Diego

In my opinion, last year’s venue at Colorado Convention Centre was better and more convenient. My hotel was only 2 minutes away. That said, between Denver and San Diego, the latter had my heart <3

I love the weather, the view from the hotel, mexican food, USS Midway Museum, etc.

Habour view   Mexican food   USS Midway

While in the city, I tried e-scooters rental with Lime and Bird, and rode e-scooters a couple times between my hotel (Hilton) and the venue (Marriott). It was a fun experience, and I almost wanted to buy one for myself, but riding it on a road was scary without a helmet. Also very sadly, e-scooters are banned in BC, and riding those on the street could cost you $600…

It seems a trend that more conferences are moving to San Diego. Personally I wouldn’t mind going there again. It’s a very nice place with many interesting attractions.

Wrapping up

Yet another year another successful GopherCon. This year 1800 gophers attended the conference, the number of attendees is seeing a steady liner increase since 2014. With improvements on tools, libraries and the language itself, Go is becoming the first choice for many companies and developers when building infra platforms, web apps and microservices. With the help from community, Go will continue expanding itself into more domains like WebAssembly, microcontrollers and machine learning.