Why use Kotlin?
Kotlin is a cross-platform, statically-typed, open-source programming language that runs on the Java virtual machine (JVM). Developed by JetBrains, the project started in 2010, with the first official release in February 2016.
Code written using Kotlin works as well with Java as it does natively, meaning it’s interoperable. Kotlin uses aggressive inference to determine values and expressions.
Kotlin is concise, type-safe, and reliable. It has both object-oriented and functional constructs and is usable for any kind of development. That includes server-side, client-side web, Android, and iOS. It’s also supported by all major Java integrated development environments (IDEs), including IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio, Eclipse, and NetBeans. Support like that helps increase developers’ productivity.
Additional Kotlin language features include clean and compact syntax and null safety. That translates to mobile apps that are easier and cheaper to maintain, and more efficient teams.
Kotlin for business software development
Being 100% compatible with the JVM, you can use Kotlin for server-side development. Write expressive yet concise code while maintaining full compatibility with Java.
Kotlin is compatible with all Java libraries and frameworks, the JVM, and can integrate with the Gradle and Maven build systems.
As well as using for back end web, you can use Kotlin code client-side, for desktop development, and native development. It also supports modern programming concepts like extension functions, higher-order functions, and lambdas.
What’s more, adopting Kotlin doesn't cost anything, except for learning and training. Switching to Kotlin is easy: install the plugin, add it to your build files, and click convert.
Advantages of Kotlin for Android development
In 2017, Google made Kotlin a first-class language for writing Android applications. That opened up opportunities for Android developers, helping them solve common headaches like runtime exceptions and source code verbosity. Applications such as Basecamp and Pinterest use Kotlin for Android.
It’s easy to get started with Kotlin, and you can write new modules in Kotlin and be sure they’ll work alongside Java code. That means you can gradually introduce it into existing projects. Furthermore, there’s preservation of skills and technology investments.
Kotlin is a concise and powerful language. It reduces the amount of boilerplate code required, enhancing productivity. There’s less room for error, meaning safer, more reliable code. There’s also built-in safety support.
The more you can enhance Android app stability by removing bugs and minimizing crashes, the better the user experience (UX) is.
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There are many advantages to this powerful and concise modern programming language. Already considered a mature ecosystem, Kotlin’s popularity is growing rapidly, especially within the mobile development scene.