Go monitoring background

Go is one of the hottest new programming languages out there today. Sometimes referred to as “golang,” Go is an open source programming language created in 2007 by three Google engineers: Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson.

Go was originally positioned as a modern systems language, but, according to New Relic Product Manager Neha Duggal, “Go is growing in popularity as a language for writing microservices thanks to its elegant concurrency model, simple binary deployments, low number of external dependencies, fast performance, and runtime efficiency.”

golang gopherA creative and passionate community of Go developers and users (“Gophers”) has grown up around the language, and today there are U.S. Go conferences, European Go conferences, Go organizations, Go schools, Go newsletters, Go blogsGo podcasts, an online Gopher avatar generator (using the original artwork designed by cartoonist Renée French) … even a group for LGBT Gophers (yes, “Gayphers”).

There are also a number of highly knowledgeable and interesting Go experts that any Gopher (or would-be Gopher) should be following online. We’ve gathered 18 of our favorites into the alphabetical list below. If you want to learn more about this very special programming language, and stay on top of the latest news and developments in the world of Go, let these smart people be your guides:

golang expert sarah adamsSarah Adams

Founder of Women Who Go

Website: www.womenwhogo.org

Twitter: @sadams007 & @WomenWhoGo

GitHub: github.com/adams-sarah


golang expert peter bourgonPeter Bourgon

Creator of the Go Kit

Website: peter.bourgon.org

Twitter: @peterbourgon

GitHub: github.com/peterbourgon


golang expert johnny BoursiquotJohnny Boursiquot

Software engineer and Baltimore Golang organizer

Website: jboursiquot.com

Twitter: @jboursiquot

GitHub: github.com/jboursiquot


francesc CampoyFrancesc Campoy Flores

Developer advocate at Google

Website: www.campoy.cat

Twitter: @francesc

GitHub: github.com/campoy


dave cheneyDave Cheney

Developer, Go advocate, and blogger

Blog: dave.cheney.net

Twitter: @davecheney

GitHub: github.com/davecheney


Jaana DoganJaana Dogan

Programmer at Google

Website: rakyll.org

Twitter: @rakyll

GitHub: github.com/rakyll


alan donovanAlan A. A. Donovan

Member of Google’s Go team, co-author of The Go Programming Language

GitHub: github.com/adonovan



caleb doxseyCaleb Doxsey

Author of Introducing Go and An Introduction to Programming in Go

Website: www.doxsey.net

GitHub: github.com/calebdoxsey


nate finchNate Finch

Engineer at Canonical developing Juju using Go, founder of Boston Golang group

Website: npf.io

Twitter: @natethefinch

GitHub: github.com/natefinch


brad fitzpatrickBrad Fitzpatrick

Engineer on Go Language team at Google, original founder of LiveJournal

Website: bradfitz.com

Twitter: @bradfitz


steve franciaSteve Francia

Technical program manager on Go Language team at Google

Twitter: @spf13

GitHub: github.com/spf13

Blog: spf13.com


Jessie FrazelleJessie Frazelle

Software engineer and Golang contributor

Blog: blog.jessfraz.com

Twitter: @jessfraz

GitHub: github.com/jessfraz


kelsey hightowerKelsey Hightower

Developer Advocate, Google Cloud Platform at Google

Twitter: @kelseyhightower

GitHub: github.com/kelseyhightower

Medium: medium.com/@kelseyhightower


william kennedyWilliam Kennedy

Go trainer, founder of GoBridge, and co-author of Go in Action

Website: www.goinggo.net

Twitter: @goinggodotnet

GitHub: github.com/goinggo


brian ketelsenBrian Ketelsen

Founder and instructor at Gopher Academy, co-author of Go in Action

Twitter: @bketelsen

Blog: www.brianketelsen.com/blog


carlisia pintoCarlisia Pinto

Go developer and co-host of Go Time podcast

Twitter: @carlisia



mat ryerMat Ryer

Author of Go Programming Blueprints

Twitter: @matryer

GitHub: github.com/matryer



erik st martinErik St. Martin

Organizer of GopherCon, co-author of Go in Action, co-host of Go Time podcast

Twitter: @erikstmartin

GitHub: github.com/erikstmartin


More folks to follow

Since we published our initial list, we’ve gotten suggestions from members of the Go community about additional great Go experts out there who should be included. We’re adding them here and will update this list as needed going forward. Thanks for the feedback!

Sameer AjmaniSameer Ajmani

Software Engineer, manager of Go Language team at Google

Website: sameer.io

Twitter: @Sajma

GitHub: github.com/Sajmani


russ coxRuss Cox

Go hacker, tech lead for Go Language team at Google

Website: swtch.com/~rsc

Twitter: @_rsc

GitHub: github.com/rsc


damian gryskiDamian Gryski

Senior developer at Booking.com, Gopher, and frequent contributor to Go subreddit

Twitter: @dgryski

GitHub: github.com/dgryski

Medium: medium.com/@dgryski


ben johnsonBen Johnson

Go developer and author of Go Walkthrough series

Twitter: @benbjohnson

GitHub: github.com/benbjohnson

Medium: medium.com/@benbjohnson


New Relic Go agent now available

New Relic’s Go agent is designed to give you first-class, production-level visibility into your Go services. Learn more at newrelic.com/golang.

Gopher image cc 3.o original by Renée French.