Python - Go One Way

Python - Go One Way


Massimiliano Pippi

December 04, 2015


  1. Python - Go One Way Golab 2015 Massimiliano Pippi

  2. Personal background Python, 7+ years experience: desktop (PyQt) web (Django)

    integration (boost.python, SIP, ctypes, cffi, ...) Go, 6+ months (!) experience: Flickr.go - Go client for Flickr API (
  3. Meet the Pythonista A Python user does not simply use

    Python to write software: Strong sense of Community Common Culture The average Python user is happy. Happiness is what makes you stay.
  4. Why leaving Pythonland? My uneducated guess: Hype Performance Deployment

  5. Hype Python has currently no hype at all, see the

    flat state of the red line. As a reference, Rust trend is in yellow, pretty good for a no-profit. Guess what the light blue line is. Google is pushing hard on the Go propaganda. Google is a damn good Hype-machine: people actually use AngularJS.
  6. Performance Benchmarking programming languages is tricky: too many it depends.

    CPython VS. Go? Just nope. PyPy VS. Go? Interesting but out of scope. BUT Counting how many requests can handle in a given timeframe a non-blocking server is a little bit easier. Do you know the statement concurrency is not parallelism? Well, CPython gives you a slightly conservative reinterpretation: concurrency shalt not be parallelism
  7. Deployment Typical Python deployment script: git pull && pray A

    Python devop is usually required to master a superset of the following: virtualenv, pip, pyenv, uwsgi, gunicorn, mod_wsgi, docker, docker-compose, fabric, buildout, pythonz, conda. Desktop software? Better ship your own interpreter, trust me. Typical Go deployment script: scp your_fucking_static_binary your_server: Ok, it's a little bit oversimplified but I'm one of those who knows about buildout, I'm vulnerable.
  8. Is it just that? Can it be? Other languages, tools

    and environments are better than Python at Hype, Performance and Deployment. So why Pythonistas are moving mainly to Go? Another uneducated guess: Happiness Remember from few slides ago? The average Pythonista is happy and wants to keep this state. How do we keep the grade of happiness for a Python dev? Provide a standard library full of stuff Let them write Pythonic code
  9. The Zen of Python >>> import this The Zen of

    Python, by Tim Peters Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Flat is better than nested. Sparse is better than dense. Readability counts. Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules. Although practicality beats purity. Errors should never pass silently. Unless explicitly silenced. In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess. There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it. Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch. Now is better than never. Although never is often better than *right* now. If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea. If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea. Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!
  10. Beautiful is better than ugly Very subjective, but you can

    use only 25 keywords, it won't be that easy to write ugly code.
  11. Explicit is better than implicit Statically typed with no implicit

    conversions type Celsius float64 type Fahrenheit float64 var freezing Fahrenheit = 32 var boiling Celsius = 100 sauna := (freezing + boiling) / 2 // NOPE! You have to handle errors explicitly, no exception handling f, err := os.Open("filename.ext") if err != nil { log.Fatal(err) } There's no __magic__ , ever
  12. Simple is better than complex Again, only 25 keywords No

    classes, constructors or destructors Methods are plain functions, no self or this func (e Engine) Start() { fmt.Println("Engine started") } No named arguments No generators No iterators No decorators
  13. Complex is better than complicated No inheritance, but you can

    use structs embedding and get something similar through composition Identifier case sets visibility: not obvious but easy to grasp package geometry // point is not exported type point struct { X, Y int; // X and Y are public name string; } Unicode and UTF-8 handled seamlessly
  14. Flat is better than nested Methods are not nested inside

    structs Cannot nest packages Multiple files belonging to one package share one name space
  15. Sparse is better than dense No list comprehensions No ternary

    operator or "a = b if c else d" syntax Extremely difficult to write oneliners Definitely not the weapon of your choice on codegolf
  16. Readability counts Idiomatic code is strongly encouraged, no arguments with

    strangers on the Internet gofmt enforce Go's own PEP8 Type inference saves some typing but is not obiquitous In general, the scarce amount of language features keeps the code simple
  17. Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules No

    support for generics Extremely difficult to add new language features
  18. Although practicality beats purity Remember we said no runtime exceptions?

    Ok, there's something: panic("the program's gonna die!"); err := recover(); unsafe package: use it wisely.
  19. There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way

    to do it The most deceived aphorism of the Zen. How do you write concurrent code? Python : threads, coroutines, generators, tasks, asyncio, futures, twisted, tornado Go : two letters and a space character: go
  20. Now is better than never You can be productive with

    Go in one day. Super-fast prototyping Batteries included
  21. Although never is often better than *right* now. Some things

    are highly demanded but won't happen: - Data inside interfaces - map and filter builtins
  22. Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more

    of those! Packages are like modules but with only one obvious way to use them No way you can do: from foo import bar ...even if you can do: from foo import * (import . "lib/math") Separation of package path ("math/big") from package name (big) package big // ... import "math/big" Impacts on program design, build, testing...
  23. The citizenship exam It was easy to come to go

    (pun intended), what now? Let's see who stays and who leaves.
  24. Hype is shifty, never trust the hype

  25. Performance Go is about 50-100x faster than CPython PyPy is

    5-25x faster than CPython Go is about 4-10x faster than PyPy PyPy can solve most of the performance issues for the average Pythonista without the costs to learn a new language and migrate old code.
  26. Deployment Endemic in the Python ecosystem Containers can help to

    confine Python deployment issues (On the web) Zero downtime updates easier to achieve (see uwsgi)
  27. Should one go back, then? Enjoy your stay in the

    land of Gophers! Let's learn Go, it's easy and it's fun Compute costs and benefits before migrating an entire codebase Sometimes rewriting parts of a Python project in Go can be enough to boost performances Choose the right tool for the job: an e-commerce site written in Go is not fast nor scalable, it's a self-inflicted pain trying to stick a websocket server into a Django project can be cause of death
  28. Thank you Massimiliano Pippi ( ( @maxpippi (

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