I started toying with Go about two years ago before the 1.0 release. It meets me in a comfortable place between C and a scripting languages like PHP. I find it fun to write and an easy way to bust out performant code quickly. The binaries for a simple Hello, 世界 were large though, around 55KB. I figured this was something the Go team would work out later; it is a lot of space just to send a string to standard out.