Kotlin: The evolution of Java development
Kotlin is a statically typed programming language that runs on the JVM, Android, and other platforms. It was developed by JetBrains and offers a simple yet powerful syntax and seamless interoperability with existing Java code. Kotlin is increasingly being used as an alternative to Java in Android development and is gaining traction in other areas such as the backend.
Notable features of Kotlin
Kotlin can seamlessly interact with Java code, which allows developers to migrate the code in Java projects to Kotlin step-by-step, while also leveraging the existing ecosystem of Java libraries.
Functional or object oriented
In Kotlin, both functional and object-oriented development can be used. This gives developers the opportunity to design the structure and organization of the code according to their requirements and preferences.
Many useful functionalities
Kotlin offers a wide range of additional features such as data classes, reactive operators or delegation patterns that facilitate development and make code more efficient and readable.
Kotlin is static typing and ensures that null references are not allowed, which can prevent errors in the code early on.
Application areas of Kotlin
Develop native Android apps with Kotlin.
Develop cross-platform apps with Kotlin Multi Platform (KMM).
Develop scalable server-side backend applications with Kotlin.
Advantages and disadvantages of Kotlin
Overall, Kotlin offers a modern, intuitive and effective way to develop applications, be it for Android, cross-platform apps or server-side applications.
We currently use Kotlin mainly in the backend and have had almost exclusively positive experiences so far. However, it remains to be seen whether Kotlin will also convince us in cross-platform apps.
You can find more information about Kotlin on its in-house website.
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