Monday, December 10, 2012


Go's time.Time already have Format, which is very human readable. However if you try to "embed" time format in longer strings, Format might expand things that you want to stay fixed. Take for example "/report06/2006", the first "06: will be expanded to the current year.

Python's strftime is less human readable but requires explicit escaping to it's easier to write string with embedded time directives. Now you can have strftime in Go as well.

To get it, run the usual go get

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


I wanted to play a bit with cgo. As a project I tried to have Go bindings to snowball.

One of the problems was that snowball does not come as a library but an archive of sources. cgo can handle C source files, but all in the same directory. I had to "flatten" the source tree, rewriting #include directives (sed FTW!).

One the above was done, the rest was pretty much straightforward. I confess that at the beginning I wanted to write a lot of C helper functions, but managed to resist the temptation :)

You can get it with go get Note the building takes time - that's C compilation for you :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

nrsc - Take 2

After getting some good comments on nrsc and reading more. I re-wrote the implementation to append a zip file to the executable and serve resources from there (idea from Carlos Castillo).

The order you do the packing has change, you first "go build" and then run the nrsc script.

Here the nrsc script that packs the zip into the executable. The nrsc API didn't change that much.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

nrsc - Resource Compiler

IMO one of the nicest things in Go is the "single executable deployment". However this breaks down when you have some templates, css files, ...

For this I created nrsc, it's a resource compiler that will compile your resources to a local nrsc package which you can include in your project. Building your project after running nrsc will embed all the resource in the executable.

To install nrsc just run go get

Here's an example on how to use nrsc in your code:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Jenkins/Hudson Integration

The most dominate CI system is Jenkins (was Hudson).

Jenkins has a nice integration with xunit XML output for tests. I wrote a little utility that converts go test -v output to xunit compatible XML called go2xunit. (install with the usual go get

The view on Jenkins (tests are failing intentionally) is like the below.

When you click on the tests you get

There's a demo directory with an example bash script. The project configuration looks something like the below. Note the "Execute Shell" command and "Publish JUnit tests report" sections.

Happy Testing.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

seamless - now with multiple backends

Updated seamless to support multiple backends (thank you Fabrizio for helping out).

The new API is:
  • /set?backends=host:port,host:port
  • /add?backend=host:port
  • /remove?backend=host:port
  • /get
The front end will round-robin between the backends.

You can install either via go get or by downloading the binaries.

Friday, August 10, 2012

seamless - always up services in 85 lines of Go

At work we're debating on how to upgrade servers that need to be up all the time. This prompted me to write seamless.

It's a 1 to 1 TCP proxy which lets you switch the backend via an HTTP interface (on a different port than the one being proxied).

Typical workflow will be:
  • Start backend on internal port
  • Start seamless and proxy exposed port to backend
  • When upgrading start new backend on different external port
  • Tell seamless to switch backends
You can install seamless by running:
    go install

or if you don't have the go runtime, you can download the binaries.
All the code (inspired by Roger Peppe) is just 72 85 lines.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


A small command line utility to display the current time at a given location. It's a mash between Google Maps API (JSON) and Geonames (XML).

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Image Repository

Here's a small we app the allows users to upload photos (somewhat like imgur).



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Open file/urls with default program

Here's the code for a cross platform way to open file/uri with default application.

You can also install the package with
    go install

Monday, April 16, 2012

Web/Desktop Application

Currently there's no easy/cross platform way to write desktop applications in go.
However I found out the for simple UI (which in my case covers most of them). I can get away with writing the application as a web server and point the user browser to it.

Here is a small example for a guest book:

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Building Go Projects

Now that Go1 is out, the way to build projects is using the go tool. I found out that the following process works for me.

I have a directory goroot somewhere and there under src I have all my projects. Then I use the following Makefile (this is an example from selenium/webdriver client).

/* MIKI: Analytics */