What is the difference between Go's generic functions and type-parameterized functions for creating and using parameterized functions in Go programs?
In Go, generic functions and type-parameterized functions both serve the purpose of creating and using parameterized functions. However, there is a difference in how they achieve this.
Generic functions are functions that are defined to work with any type of data. They are defined using type parameters that are placeholders for actual types. These type parameters are specified within angle brackets, and the actual types are passed as arguments to the function when it is called. This allows the same function to work with different types of data without needing to be redefined for each type.
Type-parameterized functions, on the other hand, are functions that are explicitly defined to work with a specific type or set of types. They are defined using a specific type or a set of types as the function's parameter, and the function's code is written to work specifically with that type or set of types. This means that a different version of the function needs to be defined for each type or set of types that it needs to work with.
In summary, generic functions are more flexible and can work with any type of data, while type-parameterized functions are more specific and can only work with the types they are explicitly defined for.