Go doesn’t support class-based programming like other OOP languages. Instead, Go allows you to define a new type that “extends” an existing type and add custom methods to the new type.

For instance, we can create a type called book that is of a struct type with name and author fields. Then, we can create a method called print that logs out book information. Here, a value receiver was used as opposed to a pointer receiver (*book) because we want to work with a copy of the original book value, not the book itself.

By convention, we use a 1- or 2-letter abbreviation that matches the type of a receiver. In the example below, the receiver is b, which serves as an actual copy of the book-type variable. The similiar concept exists in other languages like Ruby (i.e., self) and JavaScript (aka, this). Note that it is idiomatic to encapsulate new struct creation in constructor functions (aka, newBookByLewis).

type book struct {
	title, author  string

func newBookByLewis(title string) *book {
	b := book{title: title}
	b.author = "C.S. Lewis"
	return &b

func (b book) print() {
	fmt.Printf("%s is authored by %s.\n", b.title, b.author)

func main() {
	currentlyReading := newBookByLewis("The Screwtape Letters")