Hola there! Twenty-three years ago, two great minds, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, two Google co-founders, started working on this search engine in their dorms, and boom in 1998, Google was officially born! Can you imagine a life without this service, making almost every bit of information available to us within nanoseconds? Let it be finding answers for your projects and homework or finding a recipe to satisfy your midnight cravings – Google has answers for everything. Right from YouTube to Google Pay, everything is now available at your fingertips. Now, let’s understand a bit about the programming behind these services.
Google has its own programming language!
Developed in 2009, ‘Go’ programming language is Google’s own programming language. Go is syntactically very similar to C, and is an open-source language focussed on simplicity and efficiency. Go quickly became popular and is one of the most famous programming languages now. The main aim behind this language was to replace popular languages such as Java and C++ and built networking and infrastructure programs using this language. Some of the well-known tools such as Kubernetes and Docker are written in Go.
Here’s how these popular services are programmed
Google Search Engine
More than a million web pages are available in Google, and Google uses the PageRank (named after Larry Page) algorithm to rank these pages. According to Google,
“PageRank works by counting the number and quality of links to a page to determine a rough estimate of how important the website is. The underlying assumption is that more important websites are likely to receive more links from other websites.”
Another concept that Google’s search engine implements now to rank these pages is web crawling. Web crawling crawls through millions of these pages, determining which pages are the most valuable and important to the users for a particular keyword. Their purpose is to index all the pages so that they can appear in the search engine results. The crawler tool is also written in C++ and makes use of internal libraries for making it efficient.
Gmail is one of the most used e-mail services, and the majority of us will have an account in that. Since Gmail has a vast client base, it is of utmost importance that it is scalable, and hence Java is preferred.
Amazing right how a programming language can change the world, and make millions of bytes of data available to you in few seconds? All thanks to our savior, Google, who has made our lives so much easier. Happy Birthday, Google!