Learning Go by porting a medium-sized web backend from Python

Summary: To learn Go, I ported the backend of a small site I run from Python to Go, and had a fun, pain-free experience doing so.

I’ve been wanting to learn Go for a while now: I like the philosophy of a language that’s small, has a gentle learning curve, and compiles very fast (for a statically-typed language). What pushed me over the line to actually go and do it was seeing more and more fast, robust tools that are written in Go – Docker and ngrok are two I’ve used recently.

The philosophy of Go is not to everyone’s taste (no exceptions, no user-defined generics, etc), but it fit my mental model well. Simple, speedy, does things the obvious way. During the port, I was especially impressed with how robust the standard library and tooling was.