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# Go at OSCON
20 Aug 2014
Tags: conference, oscon
Summary: Reporting from OSCON 2014.
Francesc Campoy
## Introduction
What happens in Portland in July? [OSCON](! At
this year's conference, Go was more present than ever before, with five talks,
two workshops, a
[Birds of a Feather](
session, and a meetup.
## Talks
[Matt Stine]( talked about his experience switching
from Java to Go with
[A recovering Java developer learns Go](
while [Steve Francia]( presented
[Painless Data Storage with MongoDB and Go](
Steve also presented
[Go for Object Oriented Programmers](,
where he explained how some object oriented concepts can be implemented in Go.
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Finally, [Josh Bleecher Snyder]( talked about his
experience writing tools to work with Go source code in
[Gophers with hammers](,
and [Francesc Campoy]( talked about all the things
that could have gone wrong and what the Go team did to prevent them
[Inside the Go playground](
## Workshops
At the beginning of OSCON's workshop day, Steve Francia presented how to build a
web application and a CLI tool during
[Getting started with Go]( to a big
room full of Gophers.
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In the afternoon, [Chris McEniry]( gave his
[Quick introduction to system tools programming with Go]( where he went over some useful skills to
write system tools using Go and its standard library.
## Additional events
To take advantage of the increased Gopher population in Portland during OSCON, we
organized two extra events: the first [PDXGolang](
meetup and a
[Birds of a Feather session](
.image osconreport/meetup.png _ 800
At the meetup Francesc Campoy talked about
[Go Best Practices]( and
[Kelsey Hightower]( gave a great
introduction to [Kubernetes](,
a container management system for clusters written in Go by Google. If you live
in Portland, make sure you [join the group]( and come
along to the next meeting.
The "Birds of a Feather" (or, more aptly, "Gophers of a Feather") was a lot of
fun for everyone involved. We hope to see more of you there next year.
## In conclusion
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Thanks to all the gophers that participated in OSCON. After the successes of
this year we look forward to more Go fun at OSCON 2015.