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A Recovering Java Developer Learns to Go

Matt Stine (Pivotal)
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The Go programming language has emerged as a favorite tool of DevOps and cloud practitioners alike. In many ways, Go is more famous for what it doesn’t include than what it does, and co-author Rob Pike has said that Go represents a “less is more” approach to language design.

The Cloud Foundry engineering teams have steadily increased their use of Go for building components, starting with the Router, and progressing through Loggregator, the CLI, and more recently the Health Manager. As a “recovering-Java-developer-turned-DevOps-junkie” focused on helping our customers and community succeed with Cloud Foundry, it became very clear to me that I needed to add Go to my knowledge portfolio.

This talk will introduce Go and its distinctives to Java developers looking to add Go to their toolkits. We’ll cover Go vs. Java in terms of:

  • type systems
  • modularity
  • programming idioms
  • object-oriented constructs
  • concurrency
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Matt Stine


Matt Stine is a Cloud Foundry Platform Engineer at Pivotal. He is a 13-year veteran of the enterprise IT industry, with experience spanning numerous business 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. He currently specializes in helping customers achieve success with Platform as a Service (PaaS) using Cloud Foundry and BOSH.

Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to CodeMash, is a regular speaker on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour, and serves as Technical Editor of NFJS the Magazine. Matt is also the founder and past president of the Memphis/Mid-South Java User Group.