At the end of March, I and Timur Zununbekov were at GopherCon in Moscow. We met lots of Gophers in Moscow and met developers from Russian Slack community golang-ru.slac.com
The quality of conference organization was excellent. There was everything here: quests, beetle races and cunning questionnaires from Avito. In one of the questionnaires, it was necessary to match on Go an example written in another language.
There were a lot of cool speakers: Dmitriy Vyukov, who wrote race detector, Brad Fitzpatrick whose products Memcached and Gearman significantly changed the internet. We used his products in Namba. The other speakers are Brian Ketelsen — the organization of official GopherCon and Jessie Fraisel — “the mother of containers”.
Brad Fitzpatrick made presentation slides in Russian and even told several phrases. He was very energetic and his speech was exciting even though it was simply about the history of Go language. He also told how some environmental variables are pronounced inside of the Google. For example, GOOS is a goose. In addition, he elaborated on two main projects of the language: if err != nil and the absence of generics. Yet, nothing specific was told about Go2, except that it will not repeat the experience of python and perl. However, they do not know how to achieve this so far.
Brian Ketelsen told about vgo — an experiment of Russ Cox for the dependency management. It will be a kind of substitute for go get. He also replaced Ashley McNamara with her report and went out in full entourage in a pink wig.
Pictures, meetings, communication
The after party was also nice: many types of free beer and a lot of people ready to talk about Go and life.
We invited Fitzpatrick to come to Kyrgyzstan and hike in our mountains and gave him our T-shirt.
We also took a selfie with him!
Friends from the USA were tired due to jet lag. But still, Jessie tried to communicate and answer the questions.
Timur had hot discussion with Dmitrii.
Here is one of hosts of Gotime podcast in Denver. Maybe we will meet him one more time this year.
It seems like all these guys forgot how to watch TV shows and waste time since they give plenty of speeches, contribute to open source, develop community and combine all this with the main job. We have a lot of things to learn from them.
Merch and swags
There was cool merchandise at the conference. For example, cool and qualifies T-shirts.
What is more, Gophers like this were at the conference.
Here is everything we brought from the conference.
My speech was about our experience of rewriting the Namba Taxi drivers’ application. We remade it with gRPC and released in production.
Here are all the people who participated in the first GopherCon in Russia. It was very interesting, cool and useful as in terms of knowledge and new acquaintances. We definitely will go next year on more time.
Let’s keep in touch!