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Go Package, import and visibility

Packages

Packages are used to categorize our program so that it can be easy to maintain. Every go-file belongs to some package. Each Go application must have "main" package so that it can be compiled.

An application can consist of different packages. Many different .go file can belong to one main package.

We can save Go program by any name but it must have main package. The package name should be written in lowercase letters.

If a package is changed and recompiled, all the client programs that use this package must be recompiled too!

Import

A Go program is linked to different packages through the import keyword.

The package names are enclosed within double quotes "". Import loads the public declarations from the compiled package, it does not insert the source code.

We can import multiple packages by a separate statement like:

or:

We can also use shorter way like :

It can be even shorter:

Visibility

An identifier can be variable, constant, function, type or struct field. We can declare identifier in lowercase or uppercase letters.

If we declare identifier in lowercase letter, it will be visible within the package only. But if we declare package in uppercase letter, it will be visible within and outside the package which is also known as exported.

The dot . Operator is used to access the identifier e.g. pack.Age where pack is the package name and Age is the identifier.


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