Initializing channels in Go
With most variables in Go we can declared them in a couple of different ways. Using the var keyword, initialize them as we declare them with the
:= operator; or using the
Most variables can be declared with
var, which only reserves storage for a named variable. If no assignment accompanies the statement, the variable is set to it’s zero value. Using
var to declare a channel crates a nil channel. The underlying header is created, but there is no backing data structure. If we use the
make keyword we reserve storage, initializes memory, and create the backing header for the specified type.
Declaring variables using
var reserves storage and initializes with a Type’s zero value. Channels work this way too, they are initalized to a nil channel. Which we could use if if we have an existing channel we want to assign, or have a function that creates a channel we want to assign to our named channel. Sending or receiving on a channel does not initialize it.
In most cases we will want to use
make when creating channels to use ourselves.
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