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The Go Programming Language - A Recovering Java Dev Learns to Go

5:30 - 6:30 pm : Networking drinks and pizza

6:30 - 8:00 pm : Talk by speaker + Q&A

8:00 - 8:30 pm : Wind down / optional continued discussion

The Cloud Foundry engineering teams have steadily increased their use of the Go programming language ( for building (or rebuilding) components, starting with the Router, and progressing through Loggregator, the "cf" CLI, and more recently the Health Manager 9000.

As a recovering Java-developer-turned-DevOps-junkie focused on helping our customers and community succeed with Cloud Foundry, it's become clear to me that I need to add Go to my knowledge portfolio. Go is a very interesting language, open-sourced by Google in late-2009, that takes a "less is more" ( approach to language design, but that also bakes in a powerful concurrency model.

This talk will introduce Go, delve into its distinctives, and contrast its approach with that of Java (where appropriate). We'll also write a fair amount of Go code along the way. This talk will be of particular interest to Java developers looking to add Go to their toolkits, but will also be of interest to anyone looking to learn a little bit more about Go.

Matt Stine
Community Engineer @CloudFoundry

Matt Stine is a Community Engineer with Cloud Foundry ( by Pivotal ( He is a twelve year veteran of the enterprise software and web development industries, with experience spanning the healthcare, biomedical research, e-commerce, retail store and insurance domains.

Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT “doesn’t have to suck,” and spends much of his time thinking about lean/agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles/patterns/practices, and programming paradigms in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to not only function like startup companies, but also create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity.

Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to CodeMash and serves as Technical Editor of NFJS the Magazine ( Matt is also the founder of the Memphis/Mid-South Java User Group.

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  • Tamao N.

    Just posted another meetup on Go as a replacement for this one. It is by another of our great experts at Pivotal. Register here:

    November 12, 2013

  • Thomas M.

    I'm assuming that 5:30 to 8:30 means the same schedule as last week's two Spring talks -- networking/pizza from 5:30, presentation 6:20 to 8:00 (in principle), then talk/wrap-up to 8:30. If that's a dud assumption, please holler.

    November 6, 2013

    • Tamao N.

      Oops! Thanks for the heads up. This talk will go back to the original schedule where the talk starts at 6:30pm with 5:30-6:30pm for pizza and networking. I've just updated the meetup. (Last time Josh wanted more time, so I told him to start at 6:20 pm). Thanks!

      1 · November 6, 2013

  • Anand S.

    Any chance you guys can livestream or record this??

    October 17, 2013

    • Tamao N.

      Unfortunately, because internet is unreliable I cannot guarantee livestreaming. We hope to do recordings in the future, but right now these are local meetups. I'll keep you posted!

      1 · October 30, 2013

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