Generating a Random Number

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Random numbers in computing can be useful for many reasons (we won't go into them too much here though). With Go, they're simple enough to generate providing you first set a unique as possible seed first. Without setting a seed first, the random number generating will return the same number the first time you run it.

In our example, we want to generate a random number somewhere between two other numbers - we use Intn to help with this.

package main

import (

func random(min int, max int) int {
    return rand.Intn(max-min) + min

func main() {
    randomNum := random(1000, 2000)
    fmt.Printf("Random Num: %d\n", randomNum)
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Author:  Edd Turtle

Edd is the Lead Developer at Hoowla, a prop-tech startup, where he spends much of his time working on production-ready Go and PHP code. He loves coding, but also enjoys cycling and camping in his spare time.

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