Google’s open source Go language will improve compilation time with the planned version 1.8 upgrade.

Detailing planned tool chain improvements to Go, contributor Dave Cheney said the 1.8 release, due in February, is projected to improve compilation by an average of 15 percent over Go 1.7. This would help with increased compile times, which have dogged Go lately.

“Since Go 1.5, released in August 2015, compile times have been significantly slower than Go 1.4,” Cheney said. “Work on addressing this slowdown started in earnest in the Go 1.7 cycle and is still ongoing.” This predicament emerged after the compiler was translated from C to Go.

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