Get off my lawn!
Just like the whole "W7 is so great coz Vista was so crap" way of viewing the world, go's compilation only looks fast because our current compilers are so awfully slow vs what we had over 20 years ago.
Anyone alive that remember the latter half of the 1980s? Borland Turbo Pascal?
The last time I tried Turbo Pascal was around 1994 on a 100MHz 486 with MSDOS 6.x. It compiled a few k lines of code so fast that the "compiling" message was gone before the video refresh had managed to paint it. I thought the compile button was broken.
I wonder how fast it would compile on a modern machine.
[ Yup, running a turbo pascal program is another matter. The speed calibration loop can't handle CPUs faster than 200MHz].
<---There being no curmudgeon icon, the pedantic bastard will have to do.