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Function values in Go

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In the Go programming language, functions are values. That means that you can pass a function as parameter in a function.

For example, you can define a function mul which multiplies x and y. Then it returns the result.

mul := func(x, y float64) float64 {
    return x*y

Then you could assign the output to a variable and output it

var a float64
a = mul(3,5)

However, you can directly output it as a result to the print function

fmt.Println(mul(5, 12))

The program would then be:

package main

import (

func main() {
    mul := func(x, y float64) float64 {
        return x*y
    fmt.Println(mul(5, 12))

This results in:


Program exited.

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