Vue.js, React, etc. But when the code grow bigger and bigger, it becomes very
difficult to maintain the code, especially when you come back to the code after
half a year without touching the code.
other people difficult to understand the code after code becomes bigger. Even
Advantages of Go
- Go is simple: The official website of Go programming language provides
very good online tutorials. You can master the main language concepts and run
the code online very easily. There are no fancy syntax sugars in Go, which
makes you get less pain when you read the Go code written by other people.
- Go standard library is rich: When you want to write some feature in your
application, usually you can easily implement the feature via the methods
provided in standard library, or search GitHub or do googling for the feature
you need, the chances are that someone already implement it.
- Modularity: When your program grows bigger, inevitably you need to organize
your code into pieces which make the code easy to understand and maintain.
In Go, you can move some of the code into packages, and combine the
packages into the your application.
- Easy for testing: Go officially provides automated testing for packages.
Follow the Go conventions to write you testing code and run go test, then
- Reusable for both frontend and backend: One reason for node.js to be so
(browsers) and backend (servers). Go is already very popular on backend
server development, why not write Go code also on the frontend?
- Maintenance: Go's less is more philosophy, packages, and automated testing
make it easy to maintain the Go code. When you leave your code for several
months and come back to the code, or read the code by others, you will easily
pick it up and do whatever you need to do.
under almost all situations (if your code does not involve with IO
operation). For example, I have an offline application which does Chinese
conversion. Without any modification, I successfully make it run on browsers
with GopherJS. This is really impressing, and very easy to port existing Go
code to web browsers without any modification if no IO involved.
Run Go Code on Browser
There are two ways to make your Go code run on browsers. One is via transpilers
supported experimentally in the Go 1.11 release.
- Transpiler: The first way to run Go code on browsers is via GopherJS, which
involved. Besides, You may need a Go library to help you do DOM
manipulation. You can take a look of my godom project on GitHub to make DOM
- WebAssembly: WebAssembly is the future for web application development. Right
now all major browsers support wasm, and the official Go compiler 1.11 adds
an experimental port to WebAssembly (js/wasm). See for more information
and try it using Go 1.11.
Table of Content
This post is the first to introduce Go in the field of frontend programming. I
will write a series of posts to show you how to write and run Go code on the
browsers. If any advices, please leave your comments on GitHub!