Waiting for Goroutines to complete

Goroutines are one of the best features of Go language. It is very easy to run a function as a goroutine, you just have to use the keyword go before the function call.

Here is a very simple function which sleeps for n seconds and prints a line.

String Replacements in Go

In a previous post, we saw how we can use Regular expressions in Go to match and replace patterns in a string. While regexps are very useful, you might not want to them for every time you want to do some basic string manipulation. The strings package has few functions which works well for basic string replacement.

Let’s look at two such functions.

Creating errors in go

Go is a modern language, but doesn’t use try-except blocks to handle errors. Errors are simple values that can be returned from functions and it is common to check for errors before proceeding with your next steps. Let’s see the different ways to create your own errors in Go.

Any value is an error if it implements the error interface.

    type error interface {
        Error() string

How to write benchmarks in Go

In the previous post, we saw how to write a simple unit test case and also how to write table driven test cases. In this post we will quickly see how to write benchmarks, as go supports running benchmarks on your functions as part of the standard testing package.

Using these simple benchmarks, you can quickly examine your code’s performance. But do remember, that you would need a profiler to go in depth of which part of your code is causing the performance bottleneck.

Table Driven Unit Testing

Go has built-in support for writing test cases for your code. And it is important to write as much test cases as possible to make sure you cover all possible conditions. You have to use the testing standard package to write your unit test cases.

Let’s first see the simplest way to write test cases for your functions, then see how to test multiple conditions.

Regular Expressions in Go

Regular Expressions is one skill that is essential to any programmer. We deal with lot of unstructured data and regexps are one vital tool to parse and process it.

Regular Expressions - XKCD 208

Lets look at the different functions and methods available to construct and use regular expressions in Go. For this tutorial I am going to assume you know the basics of Regex.

Basic Logging in Go

Any application you write, should have proper logging to ensure you are able to monitor and identify problems in production. You can’t and shouldn’t run a debugger in a production environment and logs are the only proper way to get an idea of what is happening in your code.

Go has a native logging package called log. It has a standard Logger, which has helper functions to log messages and errors. The default Logger prints the date and time stamp of the logged error, which makes it much more useful than using fmt.Println

Accepting Variable Number of Arguments in a Function

Functions in Go are capable of accepting multiple number of arguments, also called as variadic functions. One prominent example of such a function is fmt.Println as you can pass in any number of variables, it will print each of them separated by a space.

Loading Application Config from Environment Variables

In a previous post, I had written how to read Environment Config. I had also mentioned how you can only store and retrieve string values. But if your application is trying to load config files from it, you would want to load the variables as integer or boolean values.

When I was new to go, I was using the strconv package to convert the string to various data types. Though it works, it isn’t a clean way to write your code.

Later, I found the envconfig package which loads a config object from environment variables, and my life was changed. The way to use envconfig is really simple.

Listing Files and Directories in Go

Next to reading/writing to files, learning how to list the different files and directories is very important. I used to use python for doing lot of string processing and the common way to store data is in the form of jsonl files in a directory. And you can easily go through each file in the directory by using the glob.glob module.