How to declare a constant map in Golang?

Issue

I am trying to declare to constant in Go, but it is throwing an error. Could anyone please help me with the syntax of declaring a constant in Go?

This is my code:

const romanNumeralDict map[int]string = {
  1000: "M",
  900 : "CM",
  500 : "D",
  400 : "CD",
  100 : "C",
  90  : "XC",
  50  : "L",
  40  : "XL",
  10  : "X",
  9   : "IX",
  5   : "V",
  4   : "IV",
  1   : "I",
}

This is the error

# command-line-arguments
./Roman_Numerals.go:9: syntax error: unexpected {

Solution

Your syntax is incorrect. To make a literal map (as a pseudo-constant), you can do:

var romanNumeralDict = map[int]string{
  1000: "M",
  900 : "CM",
  500 : "D",
  400 : "CD",
  100 : "C",
  90  : "XC",
  50  : "L",
  40  : "XL",
  10  : "X",
  9   : "IX",
  5   : "V",
  4   : "IV",
  1   : "I",
}

Inside a func you can declare it like:

romanNumeralDict := map[int]string{
...

And in Go there is no such thing as a constant map. More information can be found here.

Try it out on the Go playground.

Answered By – squiguy

Answer Checked By – Jay B. (GoLangFix Admin)

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