Building Go Plugins inside Docker

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Using Go plugins in your projects comes with a lot of caveats. As of writing, there hasn’t been much development on the feature recently. The commit history shows us that the last commit happened nearly 2 years ago. On the gopher slack, the sentiment, more or less, is that this is not a priority anymore. Along with this, there are multiple issues that come up with maintaining projects that use it:

Containerized development workflow using remote gopls server

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If your CGO development toolchain depends on external dependencies such as system libraries, or you want to develop on an older version of go while having a different version on your host, you can use a docker container and mount the source from your host machine and build the project inside the container. This can enable us to have a consistent development environment across various developers and their host systems without having to modify system libraries.

Using Docker containers for building Archaic Projects

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Sometimes old projects and libraries require certain specific system library versions that are hard to reproduce, or cumbersome to replicate on our development environment. Docker can be used to simplify the build process of these projects and it is often a lot faster than starting a VM in your machine and using that to build these projects. I recently found out about such a project at my workplace. This was a C++ binary that was statically compiled, so there was no issue with distribution but the build process had become very complex over time.