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Go Examples and GoLang Resources

Go Language Demos and Examples

I have been working on a pretty large project with Go in the last few weeks and wanted to dedicate a blog post to various GoLang examples, demos, and resources. A tour of Go was certainly helpful in getting started and the Go Playground is very useful for quick code examples, but there are more blogs, forums, and resources that can really help when developing with the Go Language. Here is what I found helpful:
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Martini App with Ajax, JSON, and User Sessions

Go language application

Previously, I have created a really simple web app with Go Lang and Martini that communicated with MySQL to retrieve a list of posts, an individual post, and allowed creation of a post. Now, we are going to handle updates and deletion, transform responses to use JSON for client side Ajax requests, and implement the user relation: user login, logout, managing sessions and authentication, as well as, retrieving posts by user. Supporting PUT (update) and delete requests with Ajax and JSON was pretty trivial (thanks to Martini) but evolving the app to handle users properly with good validation was much more work then I originally expected. Still, Go does make the code easy to understand and Martini contributed utilities have been a great help. Lets start.

GoLang and Martini Web Application
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Simple App with Go, Martini, Gorp and MySQL

app in go lang

Last week I saw a video on the Martini web framework for Go and it inspired me to check it out. Looking at the performance of Go is even more inspiring and today I decided to learn the Go language and write a really simple app with Go, Martini, and MySQL. I started using the native SQL package for Go but quickly adopted gorp as it looks like a really clean API to talk to the database. I have also leveraged the binding and render Martini utilities to abstract more of the code out of my main go file. The app will create a table in mysql, create some sample posts, show a homepage with these posts, show an individual post view, and allow the end user to create their own post. I will also dig into error handling, validation, converting timestamps, and properly using layout template in the render utility for good SEO.

Sample Martini App

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WordPress on VPS with Nginx and PHP APC

wordpress on nginx

It was time to pay the yearly fee for shared hosting and I decided to check out some VPS options. Performance was not really a problem as WordPress caching plugins do a good job but I wanted more control of the stack and VPS pricing is not that far off from shared hosting. DigitalOcean plans start at 5 dollars and you get 1 Core with 512MB Memory, 20GB SSD Disk, and 1TB of Transfer. You can setup a droplet in 1 minute and you can pay month to month. No wonder they are doing so well, it makes sense to just try them out. They also have great documentation, API, and an easy to use control panel. Here are some details on how I moved my WordPress blog from shared hosting to VPS and made it really fast with Nginx, PHP APC, and Super Cache.
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