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Example of channel communication with a simple select statement. Taken from Rob Pike's slides about concurrency in Go.
package main
import (
func boring(msg string) <-chan string { // Returns receive-only channel of strings.
c := make(chan string)
go func() { // We launch the goroutine from inside the function.
for i := 0; ; i++ {
c <- fmt.Sprintf("%s %d", msg, i)
time.Sleep(400 * time.Millisecond)
return c // Return the channel to the caller.
func main() {
c := boring("Joe")
timeout := time.After(2 * time.Second)
for {
select {
case s := <-c:
case <-timeout:
fmt.Println("You talk too much.")

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@Veejay Veejay commented Jan 18, 2013

  1. The channel is returned to the main before the boring function finishes
  2. The time.After function actually returns a channel on which the current time will be sent after the specified interval.
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