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+Go Turns 10
+8 Nov 2019
+Russ Cox, for the Go team
+* Introduction
+Happy birthday, Go!
+This weekend we celebrate the 10th anniversary of
+[[][the Go release]],
+marking the 10th birthday of Go as an open-source programming language
+and ecosystem for building modern networked software.
+To mark the occasion,
+[[][Renee French]],
+the creator of the
+[[][Go gopher]],
+painted this delightful scene:
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+Celebrating 10 years of Go makes me think back to early November 2009,
+when we were getting ready to share Go with the world.
+We didn’t know what kind of reaction to expect,
+whether anyone would care about this little language.
+I hoped that even if no one ended up using Go,
+we would at least have drawn attention to some good ideas,
+especially Go’s approach to concurrency and interfaces,
+that could influence follow-on languages.
+Once it became clear that people were excited about Go,
+I looked at the history of popular languages
+like C, C++, Perl, Python, and Ruby,
+examining how long each took to gain widespread adoption.
+For example, Perl seemed to me to have appeared fully-formed
+in the mid-to-late 1990s, with CGI scripts and the web,
+but it was first released in 1987.
+This pattern repeated for almost every language I looked at:
+it seems to take roughly a decade of quiet, steady improvement
+and dissemination before a new language really takes off.
+I wondered: where would Go be after a decade?
+Today, we can answer that question:
+Go is everywhere, used by at least [[][a million developers worldwide]].
+Go’s original target was networked system infrastructure,
+what we now call cloud software.
+Every major cloud provider today uses core cloud infrastructure written in Go,
+such as Docker, Etcd, Istio, Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Terraform;
+the majority of the
+[[][Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s projects]]
+are written in Go.
+Countless companies are using Go to move their own work to the cloud as well,
+from startups building from scratch
+to enterprises modernizing their software stack.
+Go has also found adoption well beyond its original cloud target,
+with uses ranging
+controlling tiny embedded systems with
+[[][GoBot]] and [[][TinyGo]]
+to detecting cancer with
+[[][massive big data analysis and machine learning at GRAIL]],
+and everything in between.
+All this is to say that Go has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
+And Go’s success isn’t just about the language.
+It’s about the language, the ecosystem, and especially the community working together.
+In 2009, the language was a good idea with a working sketch of an implementation.
+The `go` command did not exist:
+we ran commands like `6g` to compile and `6l` to link binaries,
+automated with makefiles.
+We typed semicolons at the ends of statements.
+The entire program stopped during garbage collection,
+which then struggled to make good use of two cores.
+Go ran only on Linux and Mac, on 32- and 64-bit x86 and 32-bit ARM.
+Over the last decade, with the help of Go developers all over the world,
+we have evolved this idea and sketch into a productive language
+with fantastic tooling,
+a production-quality implementation,
+[[][state-of-the-art garbage collector]],
+and [[][ports to a 12 operating systems and 10 architectures]].
+Any programming language needs the support of a thriving ecosystem.
+The open source release was the seed for that ecosystem,
+but since then, many people have contributed their time and talent
+to fill the Go ecosystem with great tutorials, books, courses, blog posts,
+podcasts, tools, integrations, and of course reusable Go packages importable with `go` `get`.
+Go could never have succeeded without the support of this ecosystem.
+Of course, the ecosystem needs the support of a thriving community.
+In 2019 there are dozens of Go conferences all over the world,
+along with
+[[][over 150 Go meetup groups with over 90,000 members]].
+[[][Women Who Go]]
+help bring new voices into the Go community,
+through mentoring, training, and conference scholarships.
+This year alone, they have taught
+hundreds of people from traditionally underrepresented groups
+at workshops where community members teach and mentor those new to Go.
+There are
+[[][over a million Go developers]]
+and companies all over the globe are looking to hire more.
+In fact, people often tell us that learning Go
+helped them get their first jobs in the tech industry.
+In the end, what we’re most proud of about Go
+is not a well-designed feature or a clever bit of code
+but the positive impact Go has had in so many people’s lives.
+We aimed to create a language that would help us be better developers,
+and we are thrilled that Go has helped so many others.
+I hope everyone will take a moment to celebrate
+the Go community and all we have achieved.
+On behalf of the entire Go team at Google,
+thank you to everyone who has joined us over the past decade.
+Let’s make the next one even more incredible!
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