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This really is a huge accolade – the coder’s code of choice. Kotlin’s ease of use makes it a firm favourite amongst developers, and, combined with Google’s official support, adopting Kotlin could be a big step towards helping your engineers become more satisfied, happy, and engaged in their day-to-day work.
Should You Migrate from Java to Kotlin?
Kotlin is awesome, and there is no denying that. However, making a complete migration from Java to Kotlin at your company is no small task and will require sufficient training and planning. Of course, because Kotlin is 100-percent interoperable with Java, there’s no need to migrate all your stuff in one go. The switch can be as gradual as it needs to be.
Even so, there are few things that you need to take into consideration before you commit to a full switch. For starters, due to the lack of experience with this relatively new language, it’s possible that bugs might be introduced in your Android app’s code. As such, investments in training and time will be required if you decide to move your Android development team to Kotlin. That said, the great news is that learning Kotlin is a pleasure, and isn’t too difficult for those already familiar with Java.
However, it must be noted that even though Kotlin adoption is growing rapidly, the Kotlin community is much smaller when compared to Java. This means that learning resources are limited in comparison, which could make it harder for your team to find the answers they need should they run into a problem. Still, Kotlin is gaining in popularity all the time, and the community is getting stronger and stronger even as you are reading this.
If you’re thinking about migrating from Java to Kotlin, a great way of starting the process would be to introduce Kotlin only in non-business-critical code to give your developers a chance to perform an initial evaluation and get to grips with Kotlin by using a few test cases.
Kotlin is making a big impact, and with Google’s support and several big brands having already converted, your developers will inevitably encounter the language sooner or later. This means that as a business owner, you might want to at least invest in training that will up-skill your developers and help them become well-versed in Kotlin. Gaining knowledge in this exciting technology will give them a wealth of opportunities to experiment with modern programming and will elevate your Android apps to the next level.
Are you excited about Kotlin and the opportunities it opens up? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for reading!