API rest: standard library or framework?

Good afternoon,

I have been looking at answers about whether or not to use a framework to develop an API with Golang. The truth is, I’m a little confused.

In my work I am using Golang to implement scripts of all kinds for a couple of months now. But now, personally, I wanted to continue learning on my own and take it to the web. As I believe that there is no better way to learn than by setting a project in motion, that is what I was trying to do.

But after reading, taking a course, etc. I start to have doubts if I have the level to do it correctly. I have done APIs with Java and Python. And I have developed websites with different frameworks. I wanted to make use of Golang because I think its characteristics are impressive.

My question is: do I have to choose a framework to make an API subtraction or do I just use the standard library? If using a framework, which one would you use? I would like it to be in line with GO’s philosophy.

Thank you very much and excuse my ignorance.


If I had to go with a framework (and it’s a good idea), I’d go with Gorilla Mux :https://github.com/gorilla/mux
Its API provides a lot of advantages. Look at https://www.alexedwards.net/blog/a-mux-showdown


Thank you very much for your answer. I’ll give gorilla mux a chance.

And about the technology to use on the client side, based on your experience, you recommend VueJS, Angular or directly html css and javascript?

Thank you very much again.

I’m a React guy ! So my answer is pretty obvious.But in second choice, I would choose Angular.

I’ve written already multiple REST APIs using gin which is a very nice framework.

What I suggest is take a look in go-kit. It takes a architectural approach that guide you to build a robust or simple apis.

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