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10 July 2014

Generics in Go via "generate"

I'm less interested in generics in Go after reading this intro to Boost, the C++ template library. The resulting code is impenetrable to anyone but an expert. I don't think generalization is as important as computer scientists say it is. Approachability should be the biggest concern given that developing software is almost always a social problem, not a technical one.

Rob Pike's solution for generic programming in Go could be his proposal for the "generate" command in the Go toolchain. This addresses a whole range of requirements, including lexers, binary embedding, and protocol buffers. Templating for Go generics is just a natural consequence of the design. It'll be interesting to see if existing attempts at generics in Go move to use "generate" instead.
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