Kotlin: A New Programming Language for Android

Published August 6, 2017

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 new comer! 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 perfect aligns with your investments to make Android apps healthy and performant by default.

Undeniably, Kotlin is an excellent fit for 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 powerpacks 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 Java

One 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 Androidstandard 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 an excellent support for Kotlin.

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