February 17, 2021

Go 1.16 arrives with library, runtime enhancements

Go 1.16, the latest upgrade to the Google-developed open source programming language, has arrived in a stable production release, with core library and runtime improvements anchoring a host of new capabilities. There are no changes to the language itself.

Changes to the core library in Go 1.16 include the new embed package, which offers access to files embedded in the program during compilation, via the //go:embed directive. Minor changes and updates have been made to the library as well. Changes range from the deprecation of crypto/dsa to upgrading the unicode package to Unicode 13.0.0.

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