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Jamie Tanna jvt.me

Learning a new language, or how I gained familiarity with Go

Every so often, engineers need to pick up a new language. After ~6 years of professional development using Java, with a bit of Ruby sprinkled in, coming to Deliveroo meant that I’d be starting to work on some Go codebases.

So when it came to accepting the offer, I ended up thinking about getting started with learning Go, so I could hit the ground running. In this post I share different ways to get practical experience of the language, as well as thoughts on what Go is like to a newbie

SQLite observablehq.com

A SQLite extension for making HTTP requests

You can think of this like fetch() or curl but entirely in SQL:

select request_url, response_status, response_headers 
  from http_get('http://httpbin.org/get');

The cool thing is you can save everything from the request: status code, headers, the body (of course), timestamps, and more. Great for archiving!

-- initialize a table
create table snapshots as
  select * from http_get('https://changelog.com');

-- To add more rows later on
insert into snapshots
  select * from http_get('https://changelog.com');

Ben Johnson github.com

A distributed SQLite replication system

Ben Johnson is at it again.

LiteFS is a FUSE-based file system for replicating SQLite databases across a cluster of machines. It works as a passthrough file system that intercepts writes to SQLite databases in order to detect transaction boundaries and record changes on a per-transction level in LTX files.

I believe Ben was alluding to this (then unreleased) tool on his recent Ship It! appearance

Go github.com

Comcast simulates trash network connections so you can build better systems

Testing distributed systems under hard failures like network partitions and instance termination is critical, but it’s also important we test them under less catastrophic conditions because this is what they most often experience. Comcast is a tool designed to simulate common network problems like latency, bandwidth restrictions, and dropped/reordered/corrupted packets.

It works by wrapping up some system tools in a portable(ish) way. On BSD-derived systems such as OSX, we use tools like ipfw and pfctl to inject failure. On Linux, we use iptables and tc. Comcast is merely a thin wrapper around these controls.

TFW you come up with the perfect name for your open source project ✨

Matt Holt sourcegraph.com

How Caddy 2 works, a deep dive into the source

Matt Holt (creator of Caddy) gives a deep dive into how the web server works and some of the design decisions and patterns that make it reliable, extensible, and delightful.

One of the interesting things about the design of Caddy is that its core is just configuration management. It pushes out all other functionality into modules so that basically the only thing left in core is accepting and reacting to configuration changes.

Go buf.build

A slim library for building browser and gRPC-compatible HTTP APIs

Connect’s creators call it a “better gRPC”, but I am in no position to evaluate that claim so I will leave it as an exercise for you. Here’s what they have to say about it:

Connect is production-ready — focused, simple, and debuggable — and it’s fully compatible with gRPC clients and servers. If you’re frustrated by the complexity and instability of today’s gRPC libraries, we think you’ll find Connect a breath of fresh air.

Go library out now. Connect for TypeScript is “coming soon”

Patrick DeVivo github.com

A fluent GraphQL library for Go

This package wraps the graphql-go/graphql implementation to provide a “fluent” pattern for constructing GraphQL queries in Go. This can be valuable in situations where dynamic queries are desired: when the fields of a GraphQL query (or mutation) are not known until runtime. For most other use cases, plain query strings or a helper library such as this should be sufficient.

I wonder if this would change Mislav’s unpopular GraphQL/Go opinion

Go github.com

jq but using Go instead

The second jq alternative we’ve discovered this week! (first here)

jq is hard to use. There are alternatives like fq and zq, but they still make you learn a new programming language. Im tired of learning new programming languages.

gq is not optimized for speed, flexibility or beauty. gq is optimized for minimal learning/quick usage. gq understands that you don’t use it constantly, you use it once a month and then forget about it. So when you come back to it, gq will be easy to relearn. Just use the builtin library just like you would any other go project and you’re done. No unfamiliar syntax or operations, or surprising limits. Thats it.

I don’t know if Go is a great fit for this use-case, but if you already know it well… makes sense.

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Comparing Go vs C in embedded applications

On our episode with Brian Kernighan, I asked him if there were ever a situation in which he would advise you start a new program in C today. His response:

I think probably unless you are in one of these resource-constrained environments, clearly, right upfront, that you’re going to be resource-constrained and the improvement of hardware isn’t gonna rescue you in the next couple of years, I would not start with C. I really wouldn’t. And then it depends what is your application.

As if on queue, StackOverflow blogger Marcin Pasinski has done a comparison between C and Go in the quintessential resource-constrained environment. Oddly enough, no mention of TinyGo in the piece, but otherwise a solid analysis.

Ben Johnson github.com

A Postgres wire compatible SQLite proxy

Hot off the press from our friend Ben Johnson:

Postlite is a network proxy to allow access to remote SQLite databases over the Postgres wire protocol. This allows GUI tools to be used on remote SQLite databases which can make administration easier.

The proxy works by translating Postgres frontend wire messages into SQLite transactions and converting results back into Postgres response wire messages. Many Postgres clients also inspect the pg_catalog to determine system information so Postlite mirrors this catalog by using an attached in-memory database with virtual tables. The proxy also performs minor rewriting on these system queries to convert them to usable SQLite syntax.

It appears that Ben is taking code contributions this time around, but only for bug & documentation fixes.

GitHub github.com

HUBFS – a file system for GitHub

HUBFS is a file system for GitHub and Git. Git repositories and their contents are represented as regular directories and files and are accessible by any application, without the application having any knowledge that it is really accessing a remote Git repository. The repositories are writable and allow editing files and running build operations.

So if you hubfs mnt (on macOS/Linux), it will set up a file hierarchy inside /mnt that follows this pattern: / owner / repository / ref / path. Cool idea! It is affected by GitHub’s API rate limiting and I’m not sure if/how it syncs (commits) back to the remote repos…

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