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AWK vs Go: What are the differences?

AWK: A language for text processing, data extraction and reporting. A data-driven scripting language consisting of a set of actions to be taken against streams of textual data – either run directly on files or used as part of a pipeline – for purposes of extracting or transforming text, such as producing formatted reports; Go: An open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It's a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language.

AWK and Go can be primarily classified as "Languages" tools.

AWK and Go are both open source tools. It seems that Go with 61.7K GitHub stars and 8.58K forks on GitHub has more adoption than AWK with 206 GitHub stars and 41 GitHub forks.

Uber Technologies, Google, and Medium are some of the popular companies that use Go, whereas AWK is used by Betaout, itexto, and Datto. Go has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1159 company stacks & 3231 developers stacks; compared to AWK, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

What is AWK?

A data-driven scripting language consisting of a set of actions to be taken against streams of textual data – either run directly on files or used as part of a pipeline – for purposes of extracting or transforming text, such as producing formatted reports.

What is Go?

Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It's a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language.
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      Avatar of tschellenbach
      CEO at Stream
      Review ofGoGo

      Go has been a joy to work with. Performance is often 30x of what we used to see with Python. It's a performant and productive programming language: https://getstream.io/blog/switched-python-go/

      How developers use AWK and Go
      Avatar of Karma
      Karma uses GoGo

      The first time I actually started using Go was for software on our devices. So on our hotspots we have some custom software running in the firmware. For the first device, that was actually completely built by our manufacturer. But for the second generation most of the parts are built by us in-house and we needed a way to quickly develop software for the device. But we don't have any C programmers in-house, so we were actually looking for something that basically sits in between the friendliness of Ruby, but the performance and the ability to be deployed on an embedded system which you get with C. That's basically what led us to Go and it's been awesome for that. It works so well and so great. Since it works so great, it pushed us into looking into whether we should start using this for some backend services as well.

      Avatar of Flutter Health Inc.
      Flutter Health Inc. uses GoGo

      The following basic API endpoints are implemented on the server written in Go:

      • Authorization (Sign Up, Sign In)
      • Update user profile
      • Community: add post, like post, add comment, delete post, add reply to comment
      • Self-diagnosis: send data from the app to the server
      • Journal: send user data from the app to the server
      • Add groups of community
      • Report post, report comment, report reply
      • Block user
      Avatar of Zinc
      Zinc uses GoGo

      We wrote our own image processing, resizing, and snapshotting service in Go to allow our clients to send photos and GIFs to each other. Files are stored in S3, resized on the fly using OpenCV, and then cached in GroupCache before being served to clients.

      Go allows it all to be quite fast and efficient, and entirely non-blocking on uploads!

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      Diggernaut LLC uses GoGo

      Our main web scraping engine is built usign Golang because of the way how efficiently and fast this language is. Also out compilation facility let people who dont know Golang build fast as flash scrapers to run ourside of our platform without any knowledge in programming in Golang.

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      Refractal uses GoGo

      For some of our more taxing parts of our applications, something able to handle high I/O load quickly and with fast processing is needed. Go has completely filled that gap, allowing us to break down walls that would've been completely impossible with other languages.

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