Go Language 1.18 Released! Adds Generics, Fuzzing & Workspace Mode

The Go programming language released version 1.18 on Tuesday. See what’s new and how to install in Ubuntu / Debian Linux.

Go 1.18 is a massive release that introduced the most requested Generics support. The Go team encouraged users to get to know this new feature using the official tutorial.

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Also, this release has fully integrated Fuzzing into its standard tool-chain. User may get started with this new feature via this tutorial.

Other changes in Go 1.18 include:

  • Go workspace mode.
  • 20% performance improvements for Apple M1, ARM64, and PowerPC64.
  • The syntax for function and type declarations now accepts type parameters.
  • Parameterized functions and types can be instantiated by following them with a list of type arguments in square brackets.
  • The new token ~ has been added to the set of operators and punctuation.
  • The syntax for Interface types now permits the embedding of arbitrary types (not just type names of interfaces) as well as union and ~T type elements. Such interfaces may only be used as type constraints. An interface now defines a set of types as well as a set of methods.
  • The new predeclared identifier any is an alias for the empty interface. It may be used instead of interface{}.
  • The new predeclared identifier comparable is an interface that denotes the set of all types which can be compared using == or !=. It may only be used as (or embedded in) a type constraint.

Download & Install Go in Linux:

The Go programming language provides official packages for Windows, Linux, and Apple macOS. User may download the package from the link button below:

And, Ubuntu, Debian and Linux Mint based systems may follow this guide to install & setup Go 1.18.

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