Monday, May 16, 2011

Google-code-as-a-service: Go on App Engine • The Register

It’ll be interesting to see if any other PaaS vendor adds Go support

This week, at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, Google announced that App Engine will soon offer an "experimental" runtime for its own Go programming language, a less-than-two-year-old creation that seeks to reinvent programming in the most practical of ways.

Go was first conceived in 2007 by three big Google names: Unix co-creator Ken Thompson; Rob Pike, who worked on Unix at Bell Labs with Thompson; and Robert Griesemer, who helped build the Java HotSpot compiler at Sun. The idea was to create a language suited to building the sort of distributed applications that Google builds. "We realized that the kind of software we build at Google is not always served well by the languages we had available," Rob Pike recently told us. "Robert Griesemer, Ken Thompson, and myself decided to make a language that would be very good for writing the kinds of programs we write at Google."

Google-code-as-a-service: Go on App Engine • The Register

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