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ArdanLabs (www.ardanlabs.com)
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The entire training class has been recorded to be made available to those who can't have the class taught at their company or who can't attend a conference. This is the entire class material.


Our Experience

We have taught Go to thousands of developers all around the world since 2014. There is no other company that has been doing it longer and our material has proven to help jump-start developers 6 to 12 months ahead of their knowledge of Go. We know what knowledge developers need in order to be productive and efficient when writing software in Go.

Our classes are perfect for intermediate-level developers who have at least a few months to years of experience writing code in Go. Our classes provide a very deep knowledge of the programming langauge with a big push on language mechanics, design philosophies and guidelines. We focus on teaching how to write code with a priority on consistency, integrity, readability and simplicity. We cover a lot about “if performance matters” with a focus on mechanical sympathy, data oriented design, decoupling and writing/debugging production software.

Our Teachers

William Kennedy (@goinggodotnet)

William Kennedy is a managing partner at Ardan Labs in Miami, Florida. Ardan Labs is a high-performance development and training firm working with startups and fortune 500 companies. He is also a co-author of the book Go in Action, the author of the blog GoingGo.Net, and a founding member of GoBridge which is working to increase Go adoption through diversity.

Video Training
Ultimate Go Video
Ardan Labs YouTube Channel

Going Go

Running MongoDB Queries Concurrently With Go
Go In Action

IT World Canada

GDN Event #1 (2021) - GoBridge Needs Your Help
Training Within The Go Community (2019)
GopherCon Australia (2019) - Modules
Golab (2019) - You Want To Build a Web Service?
GopherCon Singapore (2019) - Garbage Collection Semantics
GopherCon India (2019) - Channel Semantics
GoWayFest Minsk (2018) - Profiling Web Apps
GopherChina (2018) - Composition In Go William
GopherCon Singapore (2018) - Optimizing For Correctness
GopherCon India (2018) - What is the Legacy You Are Leaving Behind
Code::Dive (2017) - Optimizing For Correctness
Code::Dive (2017) - Go: Concurrency Design
dotGo (2017) - Behavior Of Channels
GopherCon Singapore (2017) - Escape Analysis
Capital Go (2017) - Concurrency Design
GopherCon India (2017) - Package Oriented Design
GopherCon India (2015) - Go In Action
GolangUK (2016) - Dependency Management
GothamGo (2015) - Error Handling in Go
GopherCon (2014) - Building an analytics engine

Prague Meetup (2021) - Go Module Engineering Decisions
Practical Understanding Of Scheduler Semantics (2021)
Go Generics Draft Proposal (2020)
Hack Potsdam (2017) - Tech Talk with William Kennedy
Chicago Meetup (2016) - An Evening
Vancouver Meetup (2016) - Go Talk & Ask Me Anything With William Kennedy
Vancouver Meetup (2015) - Compiler Optimizations in Go
Bangalore Meetup (2015) - OOP in Go
GoSF Meetup - The Nature of Constants in Go
London Meetup - Mechanical Sympathy
Vancouver Meetup - Decoupling From Change

Ardan Labs Podcast: On Going Series
GoTime: Design Philosophy
GoTime: Learning and Teaching Go
GoTime: Bill Kennedy on Mechanical Sympathy
GoTime: Discussing Imposter Syndrome
HelloTechPros: Your Tech Interviews are Scaring Away Brilliant People
HelloTechPros: The 4 Cornerstones of Writing Software

More About Go

Go is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. Although it borrows ideas from existing languages, it has a unique and simple nature that make Go programs different in character from programs written in other languages. It balances the capabilities of a low-level systems language with some high-level features you see in modern languages today. This creates a programming environment that allows you to be incredibly productive, performant and fully in control; in Go, you can write less code and do so much more.

Go is the fusion of performance and productivity wrapped in a language that software developers can learn, use and understand. Go is not C, yet we have many of the benefits of C with the benefits of higher level programming languages.

The Ecosystem of the Go Programming Language - Henrique Vicente
The Why of Go - Carmen Andoh
Go Ten Years and Climbing - Rob Pike
The eigenvector of "Why we moved from language X to language Y" - Erik Bernhardsson
Learn More - Go Team
Simplicity is Complicated - Rob Pike
Getting Started In Go - Aarti Parikh

Minimal Qualified Student

The material has been designed to be taught in a classroom environment. The code is well commented but missing some of the contextual concepts and ideas that will be covered in class. Students with the following minimal background will get the most out of the class.

  • Studied CS in school or has a minimum of two years of experience programming full time professionally.
  • Familiar with structural and object oriented programming styles.
  • Has worked with arrays, lists, queues and stacks.
  • Understands processes, threads and synchronization at a high level.
  • Operating Systems
    • Has worked with a command shell.
    • Knows how to maneuver around the file system.
    • Understands what environment variables are.

Important Reading

Please check out this page of important reading. You will find articles and videos around mechanical sympathy, data-oriented design, Go runtime and optimizations and articles about the history of computing.

Before You Come To Class

The following is a set of tasks that can be done prior to showing up for class. We will also do this in class if anyone has not completed it. However, the more attendees that complete this ahead of time the more time we have to cover additional training material.

Prep Work

Reading Material



Joining the Go Slack Community

We use a slack channel to share links, code, and examples during the training. This is free. This is also the same slack community you will use after training to ask for help and interact with may Go experts around the world in the community.

  1. Using the following link, fill out your name and email address: https://gophersinvite.herokuapp.com/
  2. Check your email, and follow the link to the slack application.
  3. Join the training channel by clicking on this link: https://gophers.slack.com/messages/training/
  4. Click the “Join Channel” button at the bottom of the screen.

Installing Go

Local Installation



Visual Studio Code



Installing the Training Material

While many of the examples can be done using the online playground (http://play.golang.org), some may find it easier to complete them with their local editor. To do so, you will want to load the training material locally to your machine. From a command prompt, issue the following commands:

mkdir -p $(go env GOPATH)/src/github.com/ardanlabs && cd $_
git clone https://github.com/ardanlabs/gotraining.git

NOTE: This assumes you have Git installed. If you don’t, you can find the installation instructions here: https://git-scm.com/


Jessie Frazelle (@frazelledazzell)
"@goinggodotnet you were amazing!!! So enthusiastic!!! Thanks for doing this for everyone!"

Kelsey Hightower (‏@kelseyhightower)
"Day 1 of the [Ultimate] Go workshop was outstanding! Big shoutout to @intel, @golangbridge, and @goinggodotnet for bringing this to Portland."

Katrina Owen (@kytrinyx)
"OH: "You thought you knew Go..." (You do Go? You want to do Go?) You should take this workshop. Seriously.) "

Ian Molee (@ianfoo) "If you're at @GopherCon, get yourself to a session with @goinggodotnet. Superb! Pretty sure his pic appears with the definition of "dynamo.""

Matt Oswalt (@Mierdin)
"Should be mentioned that though I am no expert, I have been using Go for about a year - and this meetup is kicking my ass."


Paul Yeoh
_"Today’s workshop was just mind blowing! You kept us all on the edge all day long - it was the most exhilarating all day workshop I have attended, period. The content was inspiring, moving - caused me to think deeply and gave me a lot of meat to chew on about what it is we are really doing as programmers, what an awesome day!

And most of all, I just got such a kick out of the energy which you were putting out - larger than life, it felt like you were turned up to 200%. I really took a lot from it at many levels. Thank you!!"_

Ana-Maria Lazar, Software Engineer at Sainsbury's
"Intensive crash course in Go that literally takes you to a whole new level. Not only Bill provides lots of examples and exercises to familiarize yourself faster with the language but there is also a lot of information that can be applied to other languages as well. Perfect combination!"

Susan Dady, Software Engineer - GE Digital
"Rarely will you come across a course as worthwhile as this one. I learned many things relevant and useful in my daily work and William's energy kept me engaged. I came back to work excited to get coding in Go."

Richard Stanley, Software Engineer - GE Digital
"Not only does Bill deeply understands the technical details of Go, he also can explain them in an effective, enthusiastic manner that helped me retain somewhat dry material. His passion for the language and its capabilities are obvious through out his training."

Shalab Goel, Ph.D.
"It was a pleasure taking this course — learning lot of "dry" stuff in such animated and enthusiastic environment. The exercises were spot on for building what you called as "memory muscle. I have good amount of background in conventional multithreaded and distributed environments, but I have not put that knowledge to use more recently; so it was good refresher from that point of view as well. From Yuck to completely Wow-ed is how I will like to describe my respect for Go within three days. I knew nothing about GO before the course."

Geoff Clitheroe (@gclitheroe)
"Your training is awesome! Myself and three colleagues recently caught variations of the training at GopherCon and OSCON. We all thought the Bootcamp was the best thing at any of these conferences (and I went to both). Awesome work to Bill for presenting and anyone involved in developing the training. I really liked the structure, emphasis on deeper understanding, me doing a small number of examples to emphasize this, and general content. Night and day to other training which is to often just watching someone else live code. Great work."

ACL Services (@ACLServices)
"I'd just like to thank you again for just a phenomenal training session. The feedback from everyone was overwhelmingly positive. You probably could tell first hand that there were skeptics at first, but you've turned many into golang converts and we are really excited in growing golang adoption internally."

Joshua Shuster (@naysaier)
"I would consider Ardan Studio's 3 day course to be invaluable. Bill and his staff, being some of the foremost authorities in the Go language, were able to make many of the complex go topics understandable. Covering everything from memory management, all the way up to building concurrency programs and web API's. It has given me the knowledge to write idiomatic Go, and make the best use of its features. I would highly their courses to anyone new to Go, or to anyone wanting to widen their existing knowledge."

Neeru Dwivedi
"I attended the one day workshop by Bill Kennedy from Ardan Labs. I was in for a surprise as before the workshop I was concerned whether I would understand concepts and whether I would be able to follow along. Bill has this wonderful way of explaining concepts and his knowledge on the concepts is so good that, I didn't feel that I was learning something new & complicated. The Go Workshop got me started on the Go language. This workshop is perfect for beginners and anyone who wants to learn more about Go. I highly recommend this."

Todd Rafferty (@webrat)
"I highly recommend William Kennedy / Ardan Lab for Go Training. William is extremely passionate about the Go language and his energy feeds into his training. Very professional, very informative. My favorite section of his training, if I had to pick, was the segment on MultiWriters. I highly recommend a 3 day course, over a 2 day course. Even after the classes were over, William was always responsive with additional questions via various social media channels."

Georgi Knox (@GeorgiCodes)
"The Intro to Go Workshop enabled me to come into class with very little knowledge of Go and leave having a firm grasp of the key concepts of the language. Each topic was followed up with hands-on coding problems which helped to solidify what I was learning. My teacher Bill was not only approachable, but very excited about the language and his enthusiasm was contagious. I enjoyed that we talked about some of the lower level implementation details of Go which was something that I had found lacking from some books on the language. Overall I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking to learn Go quickly and effectively."

All material is licensed under the Apache License Version 2.0, January 2004.

  • Could the `Hardcore Go` program be renamed?

    Could the `Hardcore Go` program be renamed?

    Hardcore is a word associated with porn; although I'm sure it attracts some people, it alienates others. A new name might convey the rigor and thoroughness of the program, and also avoid images of violence and misogyny.

    If the organizers and community are happy with the name, I'll close this issue. But I know people in the community who would like to create a more inclusive culture, and this could be a good step in that direction.

    opened by rachelmyers 30
  • Selection sort

    Selection sort

    Hello Bill,

    I'm not quite sure how to best structure the code. So i just took the path of least restructure which is following sorting/bubble style. Let me know if anything needs changing.

    opened by ffmiyo 8
  • Replace println where appropriate

    Replace println where appropriate

    This PR should address: https://github.com/ardanlabs/gotraining/issues/238

    opened by flyinprogrammer 7
  • Searches Algorithm

    Searches Algorithm

    I added some simple searching algorithms with test

    • Binary Search
    • Linear Search
    • Double Linear Search
    • Jump Search
    • Interpolation Search
    opened by Miraddo 6
  • Fix Dockerfile CMD

    Fix Dockerfile CMD

    Change the Dockerfile CMD from /bin/bash to /bin/sh, since the bash shell isn't installed in the docker base image we're using (golang:1.9.1-alpine3.6).

    Before this change, running a container based on the ardanlabs/gotraining image would fail with a /bin/bash: not found error by default.

    opened by qjcg 6
  • Hash table

    Hash table

    Initial code for a simple hash table implementation in Go

    opened by tebeka 5
  • All local import breaks after flattening the folder structure

    All local import breaks after flattening the folder structure

    import ( "github.com/ardanlabs/gotraining/13-http/api/app" )

    As the folder becomes http, the number prefix "13-" has to be removed, and all other imports as well.

    opened by kitgary 5
  • Remove println

    Remove println

    Let's get rid of all usages of println and use the fmt versions. I have students copying and pasting from the examples that use it.

    Are there any reasons to keep it in any examples? Like in the escape analysis code or something?

    opened by jcbwlkr 5
  • fixed search algorithms

    fixed search algorithms

    I am working on making more cleaner the codes and tests of searching algorithms.

    • [x] binary search | changed the if statement to switch and fixed grammar and make the test case more readable.
    • [ ] interpolation search
    • [ ] linear search
    • [ ] jump search
    opened by Miraddo 0
  • Bloom Filter

    Bloom Filter

    This is a simple implementation of a Bloom Filter. I still need to heavily document it, but wanted to get first impression.

    opened by tebeka 4
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