5 things Rob Pike attributes Go’s success to

  • Writing a formal specification of the language.
  • Making Go attractive for app developers to use. Having key software written in Go created confidence in it.
  • Establishing a strong open-source community that supported Go. Being prepared for a tricky balancing act while listening and implementing.
  • Counterintuitive, but making the language hard to change. Yes, it creates rigidity but also makes it harder for old code to break.
  • Constantly listening to the community, but sticking to the things Go team believed are important from their specs.  

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