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advanced Go • programming language basics • packaging basics • HTTP application basics • basics of working with HTTP cookies in Go
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work with Go standard library packages and the GitHub Go SDK • access the GitHub API
Amit Saha
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You’re a software engineer for Echorand Corp., a growing analytics company that wants to address the lack of backup functionality provided by the GitHub software hosting service it uses. The company has a web application that allows users to log in using their GitHub credentials. Your task is to add functionality to that app that lets users download their data whenever they like. Using Go, HTML, JavaScript, and the GitHub Go SDK, you’ll implement support that enables users to export their data on GitHub, view their exports, and download them—a win for Echorand Corp. and for you!

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Amit Saha

Amit Saha is a software engineer at Atlassian in Sydney, Australia. He’s the author of Practical Go: Building Scalable Network and Non-Network Applications (Wiley, 2021), Doing Math with Python: Use Programming to Explore Algebra, Statistics, Calculus, and More! (No Starch Press, 2015), and Write Your First Program (PHI Learning, 2013). His other writings have been published in technical magazines, conference proceedings, and research journals. He can be found online at


This liveProject is for beginner-level Go programmers who want to learn how to add data management functionality to an OAuth web application. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Key Go standard library packages: net/http, net/http/cookiejar, net/http/httptest, testing
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  • HTTP cookies (for maintaining state on the client side)
  • Language basics: writing functions, creating structures, conditional statements, standard input and output, and basic understanding of interfaces
  • Packaging basics: what a module is and using sub-packages
  • Go commands: go build and go test
  • Understanding of how HTTP applications work (concepts including request routing, cookie handling, and redirects)


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