Learning Go Web Development From Zero

Hey guys, I am Sam Zhang.

Right now I needed to discover the sector of backend growth – so I selected Go. The primary cause I selected Go as a substitute of different languages (similar to Java), is as a result of Go is kinda a brand new language (at the least for my part) .

And sadly, I’ve completely no expertise in Go growth earlier than. So I began this sequence of weblog with a view to maintain monitor on myself. I’ll attempt to “document” what I’ve executed and write some primary ideas in my posts.

After all, as a result of I am nonetheless a newbie (or beginner?) in Go, so there could be some incorrect stuff right here. If that’s the case, please go away me a remark to assist me enhance!

Then let’s get began!

Putting in Go

In contrast to many different languages, putting in Go is kind of easy, at the least for me.

Go forward and obtain the official installer on the Go download page. Run it, you then’re all set!

Go comes with its command line device go by default. It features a set of instructions similar to run, get, mod, and so forth. For certain, I will use these command quite a bit on this sequence. Take a look at the total checklist of instructions here.

Putting in Gin

I Googled about which Go internet framework is the perfect for newbies, however turned out to be not that useful. Nonetheless, a number of them talked about Gin and has virtually 60k stars on GitHub. So I selected Gin as my framework to get began.

Create a brand new folder to comprise your mission and comply with the instructions of set up.


Should you’re a complete newbie like me, you could be dealing with the next drawback when operating go get:

$ go get -u github.com/gin-gonic/gin
go: go.mod file not discovered in present listing or any mum or dad listing.
        'go get' is now not supported outdoors a module.
        To construct and set up a command, use 'go set up' with a model,
        like 'go set up instance.com/cmd@newest'
        For extra data, see https://golang.org/doc/go-get-install-deprecation
        or run 'go assist get' or 'go assist set up'.
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Which means that you do not have a module created within the present folder. go mod is a command for managing Go modules. We’ll use go mod init command to generate a brand new module.

The go mod init command accepts one argument, module-path . I am not so certain about this argument proper now and I perceive it just like the title of the module. The format of module-path needs to be as follows:

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Then run go mod init <module-path> , changing <module-path> with your personal module path. After that, you need to be capable to set up gin-gonic accurately.

Writing the primary Gin request

So now we’re all set with environments. Let’s write a easy “Hey World” request in Go.

Create a brand new file named primary.go within the root folder and fill within the following code:

bundle primary

import (


func primary() {
    router := gin.Default()  // router with default middleware put in
    // index route
    router.GET("https://style-tricks.com/", func(c *gin.Context) {
        c.JSON(http.StatusOK, gin.H{
            "message": "Hey World",
    // run the server
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Then run go run primary.go and open up http://localhost:8080 . Hopefully a Hey World will come up all proper:

    "message": "Hey World"
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Understanding the Hey World code

So… what the hell is occurring right here? Let’s check out our code.

We have declared bundle primary and imported some helpful packages to our code. I will attempt my greatest to clarify code in primary() perform line by line.

So on line 10 we have declared a variable known as router. gin.Default returns a router with default middleware (stuff like Logger and Restoration middleware) hooked up. You could be questioning, what on the planet is := ? Properly, it is just like = in different programming languages. In Golang, a single = means task and := means declare and task. E.g:

var router = gin.Default()
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Is equal to:

router := gin.Default()
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The := operator is named Short variable declarations. Extra data see this StackOverflow question.

On line 12 ~ 16, we outlined a GET request mapping to / and returns a JSON response. router.GET(), in fact, defines a GET request. Its second argument accepts a callable perform whereas that perform will obtain an argument with kind gin.Context.

The context variable is known as c on this case. *gin.Context is a pointer to the gin.Context worth. The contexts in Gin supplies a number of options similar to middleware and responses. For Chinese language readers, you’ll be able to check out this article for a extra in-depth view of gin.Context.

On line 13 we known as c.JSON() to response this request with content material whose MIME kind is software/json. http.StatusOK is a continuing variable for the HTTP standing code 200 success, which is from the builtin bundle web/http.

gin.H is a short-handed model of defining kind for JSON knowledge. If you would like to nest JSON objects inside JSON objects, you’ll be able to write one thing like:

    "some-data": gin.H{
        "message": "success"
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And eventually on line 18, we run the server on the default port 8080.

Reside reloading

Now if you happen to needed to alter the content material of your Go software, you want to restart the event server each time you alter one thing with a view to check the newly added code.

So some internet frameworks (similar to Python Flask) has a builtin sizzling reloader for the event server. Sadly, Gin would not include that. I selected to make use of air as my auto reloader and naturally you should utilize others.

Establishing Air is kind of easy. Run the next command to put in it:

curl -sSfL https://uncooked.githubusercontent.com/cosmtrek/air/grasp/set up.sh | sh -s -- -b $(go env GOPATH)/bin
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This can set up Air to your $GOPATH, which is default to ~/go . Then append it to your $PATH by including the next line to your .bashrc (or .zshrc):

export PATH=$PATH:$(go env GOPATH)/bin
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…and also you’re all set! Run air init to generate a default Air configuration.

Utilizing Air is even less complicated. Simply run air in your command line and Air run primary.go within the present folder and can mechanically look ahead to modifications in your supply code.

Tip for macOS customers: if you happen to do not need to see the annoying popup each time Air reloads your code, merely exchange

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So… I lastly completed the Gin howdy world! I put all my supply code to GitHub and hopefully I will probably be updating it. Clone it if you happen to discovered one thing helpful or simply to mess around!

I am Sam Zhang and I will see ya subsequent time!

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