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Kotlin: A New Programming Language for Android

  • Published on : August 6, 2017

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Kotlin: A New Programming Language for Android

Android app development is getting expressive, concise, extensible and robust way more it used to be before. Kotlin is the newcomer! A statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications—Kotlin— now gets official on Android.

This interesting newbie has wonderful safety features to awe you! Its nullability and immutability perfectly align with your investments to make Android apps healthy and performant by default.

Undeniably, Kotlin is an excellent fit for the Android Application development community and Android app developers. It has the spirit of Android that opens up a world of opportunities.

Let’s see what all this new language power packs within it!

Debugging the Advantages of Kotlin:

Concise Code

If you compare a Java class and a Kotlin class that produce the same results, the one written in Kotlin will typically be much more succinct and compact than the one written in Java. And as every developer knows, less code means less bugs!

Easy Learning Curve

Kotlin is a modern and Android-compatible language designed to be intuitive and easy to read, with a gentle learning curve. Following that, even if you do encounter some code that’s drastically different, you should still be able to get the gist of what this code is doing.

Moreover, Kotlin amplifies Java and reduces its complexity by making it short, succinct and concise. Interchangeability With JavaOne of the greatest strengths of Kotlin is its sheer level of interoperability with Java. It also gives you the ability to view the code of Java and Kotlin together side by side in the same project without any compromise in compilation. So, if you have a project you’re working on, you can trial Kotlin in a small part of that project without affecting the rest of your code base.

No Runtime Overhead

The Kotlin’s Kotlin for Android standard library is small and tight: it consists mostly of focused extensions to the Java standard library. Heavy use of compile-time inlining means functional constructs like pipelines of map/filter/reduce compile similarly to an imperative version of the same code.

Fully Supported by Android Studio

Kotlin is developed by JetBrains, the maker of the world’s Best IDEs and the company behind IntelliJ- the IDE that Android Studio is based on. So, it comes with no surprise, that Android Studio has excellent support for Kotlin.

Conclusion

In wrapping up, Kotlin stands out as a big game-changer, in the era of Android app development providing developers with an expressive, concise, and robust option compared to traditional Java programming. By prioritizing safety and immutability Kotlin encourages the development of more efficient Android apps by default.

It’s clear, human-friendly syntax and easy learning language allow developers of all skill levels while its seamless compatibility with Java allows for integration into existing projects. Additionally, Kotlins runtime full support in Android Studio highlights its suitability for contemporary app development. With the Android community embracing Kotlin it paves the way, for streamlined mobile app creation.

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