Basic Type Casting

Core Datatypes

Basic Type Casting

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Casting Compatible Basic Types

Type casting in Go is natively supported -- as in many other statically-typed languages -- and serves not to really convert data, but more allow us to seamlessly use the various numerical types (such as int, int32, etc.) interchangably when needed. Type casting does not do things like convert a string of "42" into an int of 42 -- and the Go compiler will actually fail to compile that, because strings and ints are not compatible types. P.S. If you need to do things like that, check out the utilities in the standard library -- such as the strconv package!

package main

import (

func main() {
    // As with most other languages, casting between compatible types is supported, however,
    // it may cause data leakage (this isn't the case for string<->[]byte since a string
    // is actually stored as a []byte anyways)

    var myString = "Hello, 世界"
    // And you'll see that this loss-less

    // This one is over 32 bits
    var i64 int64 = 9999999999999
    // This will not be 
    var f64 float64 = 99.95
    // Smaller numbers are fine!
    var smallInt int32 = 42

    // Since f64 has a digits behind the decimal it gets truncated and we'll see just 99 printed
    fmt.Println("Float to int (works but could lose data - truncation/fit):", int32(f64))
    // Since i64 is too large for an int32, we will see 1316134911 printed
    fmt.Println("Int64 to in32 (works but could lose data if it doesn't fit):", int32(i64))

    // *However*, those are edge cases, usually it works just fine!
    // NB: Also if you're going up in size you won't lose data (apart from decimal truncation on float->int casts)
    fmt.Println("Small to large casting is fine:", int64(smallInt))
    fmt.Println("Int to float casting may lose data if too large, but usually fine:", float64(smallInt))
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