Background Tasks in Go

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When you design a software system or REST API, there are times when you would want to process large amounts of data or do time consuming computations that cannot be completed within a decent amount of time. You cannot expect your users to make an HTTP call that takes several seconds or minutes to respond while the backend server handles the request by doing some time consuming task. Often the load balancer or the HTTP server will enforce a timeout for a request after which the connection is terminated and results in a gateway timeout error.

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Bharghava Varun Ayada is a Staff Software Engineer at Twilio Segment, living in Bangalore, India. This blog is about software engineering, system design, distributed systems and DevOps.


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