2017-09-05 17:14



I'm just starting out with Go, and coming from Python I'm trying to find the equivalent of a dict in Python. In Python I would do this:

d = {
    'name': 'Kramer',  # string
    'age': 25          # int

I first found the map type, but that only allows for one type of value (it can't handle both ints and strings. Do I really need to create a struct whenever I want to do something like this? Or is there any type I'm missing?

All tips are welcome!

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  • dongze5043 dongze5043 4年前

    Basically the problem is that it's hard to encounter a requirement to store values of different types in the same map instance in real code.

    In your particular case, you should just use a struct type, like this:

    type person struct {
      name string
      age  int

    Initializing them is no harder than maps thanks to so-called "literals":

    joe := person{
      name: "Doe, John",
      age:  32,

    Accessing individual fields is no harder than with a map:

    joe["name"] // a map


    joe.name // a struct type

    All in all, please consider reading an introductory book on Go along with your attemps to solve problems with Go, as you inevitably are trying to apply your working knowledge of a dynamically-typed language to a strictly-typed one, so you're basically trying to write Python in Go, and that's counter-productive.

    I'd recomment starting with The Go Programming Language.

    There are also free books on Go.

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  • duandu2159 duandu2159 4年前

    That's probably not the best decision, but you can use interface{} to make your map accept any types:

    package main
    import (
    func main() {
        dict := map[interface{}]interface{} {
            1: "hello",
            "hey": 2,
        fmt.Println(dict) // map[1:hello hey:2]
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