In Go, "factored import" is an informal term that refers to grouping multiple package imports into a single
import block (as opposed to writing each
import statement on a separate line).
When using "factored import" statements in Go, the
import keyword can be factored out from a sequence of
import declarations and moved to the front of the grouped
import declaration. This creates a single block of
import statements that can be easily read and maintained.
For example, the following factored import statement would import the
import ( "fmt" "math" "time" )
This is the same as writing a sequence of
import declarations on multiple lines, for example, like so:
import "fmt" import "math" import "time"
Either syntax has no functional difference from the other. Using one over the other is merely a stylistic preference. However, it's a common convention in the Go community to use factored import statements, especially in larger projects where many packages are being imported.
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