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Go talks at FOSDEM 2014

Andrew Gerrand
24 February 2014


At FOSDEM on the 2nd of February 2014 members of the Go community presented a series of talks in the Go Devroom. The day was a huge success, with 13 great talks presented to a consistently jam-packed room.

Video recordings of the talks are now available, and a selection of these videos are presented below.

The complete series of talks is available as a YouTube playlist. (You can also get them directly at the FOSDEM video archive.)

Scaling with Go: YouTube’s Vitess

Google Engineer Sugu Sougoumarane described how he and his team built Vitess in Go to help scale YouTube.

Vitess is a set of servers and tools primarily developed in Go. It helps scale MySQL databases for the web, and is currently used as a fundamental component of YouTube’s MySQL infrastructure.

The talk covers some history about how and why the team chose Go, and how it paid off. Sugu also talks abou tips and techniques used to scale Vitess using Go.

The slides for the talk are available here.


Camlistore is designed to be “your personal storage system for life, putting you in control, and designed to last.” It’s open source, under nearly 4 years of active development, and extremely flexible. In this talk, Brad Fitzpatrick and Mathieu Lonjaret explain why they built it, what it does, and talk about its design.

Write your own Go compiler

Elliot Stoneham explains the potential for Go as a portable language and reviews the Go tools that make that such an exciting possibility.

He said: “Based on my experiences writing an experimental Go to Haxe translator, I’ll talk about the practical issues of code generation and runtime emulation required. I’ll compare some of my design decisions with those of two other Go compiler/translators that build on the library. My aim is to encourage you to try one of these new ‘mutant’ Go compilers. I hope some of you will be inspired to contribute to one of them or even to write a new one of your own.”


There were many more great talks, so please check out the complete series as a YouTube playlist. In particular, the lightning talks were a lot of fun.

I would like to give my personal thanks to the excellent speakers, Mathieu Lonjaret for managing the video gear, and to the FOSDEM staff for making all this possible.

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