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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 21, 2016

Port Go Language

Port the Go language(n1) to IBM i PASE.

n1 - https://golang.org/


Use Case:

Finding that the Go language is becoming more popular and that some (popular) tooling is being built with it(n2,n3).

Commentary from Kevin Adler: http://bit.ly/golang-twitter-conversation
Commentary about AIX port of Go: https://github.com/golang/go/issues/7208

n2 - https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ci-multi-runner
n3 - docker.io - I do realize there's more to Docker than just the go-lang, but it would be a start to get Go ported. There's also the possibility we could disable the portions of Docker that don't work on IBM i (i.e. cgroups).


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Dec 18, 2020

    Unfortunately, there are currently no plans for delivering this within the near future.

  • Guest
    Nov 10, 2020

    While I will be making an attempt to use the AIX implementations of GO and ETCD/ETCDCTL under PASE related to my company's needs, our preference would be for "native" IBM i RPM implementations. There currently is no RFE related to ETCD/ETCDCTL, but I will be adding one soon.

    So I would also like to add my comment/vote for implementing GO on IBM i (or at least the GO Runtime) as it is a prerequisite to use of ETCD/ETCDCTL which is the technology we are implementing/using on the Windows and Linux/UNIX versions of our product offerings. As our product is available on Windows, Linux, AIX, Solaris, z/OS and IBM i, it is our hope that all of our implementations can use the same technologies at some point and that starts with pushing for the technologies to exist.

  • Guest
    Jul 20, 2020

    i'd like to push this up again due to need for GO for an other project.

  • Guest
    Aug 6, 2019

    The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The CEAC members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Jun 13, 2018

    Go is getting more and more important and it doesn't look like that it is a "come and go" language as JOSYS36 mentions. Because more and more tools and platforms are based on Go it will be very important to bring it to IBM i.
    Docker and Kubernetes are only 2 very famous examples.
    Next big step will be deno which will be the successor of Node and it has to run on IBM i because it is the "better and safer Node" and goes strictly into the direction we need on a business platform :-)

    Right now, with the new RPM and YUM for i it shouldn't be such a big effort to do it because there are alreay AIX Versions of Go which could be recompiled for i.

  • Guest
    May 30, 2018

    @JOSYS36

    Could you expand on your both your comment about Go and your perception of "properly supporting"?

    It's worth noting that IBM Support of yesterday won't look the same as open source support moving forward. They operate from different vantage points and embrace fairly different ideologies regarding support.

    Also, is this you? https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-olson-a2002641/

    Aaron Bartell

  • Guest
    May 29, 2018

    This is most likely another one of those here today and gone tomorrow languages. Personally, I'd rather see IBM devote it's time and efforts to properly supporting what it does currently claim to support versus adding in more languages that they won't support or won't support fully.

  • Guest
    Nov 27, 2017

    @dod11

    Could you expand on why you believe it is a better outcome to Port to the ILE environment ~instead of~ PASE?

  • Guest
    Nov 26, 2017

    Recommend porting directly onto i/OS instead of within the PASE shell, if viable. More work, but better long term outcome.

  • Guest
    Aug 24, 2017

    IBM obviously considers Go a good strategic language given its porting to the mainframe last year. Go, when provided with a small set of APIs such as Call Program and Data Queues, would provide an excellent gateway between RPG and COBOL and the outside world of Web APIs. Yes there are other tools to achieve this, but I believe Go would offer a highly efficient, scalable and easy to use solution.

  • Guest
    Aug 1, 2017

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” low priority feature. Additional open source technologies are good for the platform.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see www.common.org/caac

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/Blogs/i-Can/May-2017/COMMON-Americas-Advisory-Council-%28CAAC%29-and-RFEs/

    Dawn May - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Mar 6, 2017

    Found someone working to port Golang to AIX: https://github.com/golang/go/issues/19200

  • Guest
    Mar 6, 2017

    Another tool a customer asked for today is https://gogs.io; self-hosted git with UI like GitHub. It is written in Go-lang

  • Guest
    Jan 3, 2017

    The mainstream open-source tool GitLab CI (Continuous Integration) Runner (https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ci-multi-runner) is written in Go. It would be good to be able to run such tools on the IBM i, when developers are IBM i-oriented.