A couple of months back, the Android app developers were treated to a delightful announcement. The long wait was over by then, as Google finally announced the support for Kotlin, a first-class language for writing Android powered apps. It was no surprise but an expected addition, given the large-scale adoption of Kotlin already. Kotlin is an intuitively compiled language which can render faster and efficient ways of Android Apps development. Best of all, it’s highly interoperable will active languages and runtime of Android. And now, with the announcement, it’s only becoming bigger and better.

So, what’s the buzz all about? What all should you know about kotlin? Let’s dive in.

The first and foremost question: Why Kotlin?

By Default, Kotlin offers great compatibility with the Java programming language. You can easily include Kotlin to your existing codebase at any stage of the project helping you preserve technology and time investment. And, having a large extended community does help too! Kotlin has always been a developer’s delight and hence there is no shortage of the community support. Also, the needful is being done to effect Kotlin a uniform tool for end-to-end development suiting multiple platforms, all with a common language.

Getting started with Kotlin

It’s pretty simple, we would say. It goes hand in hand with C++ and Java on Android. It supports bi-directional usage, you can either call into Java from Kotlin or call into Kotlin from Java. Because of this, Kotlin comes across strongly as a drop-in replacement. Along with that, Kotlin’s code supports all existing tools of Android studio. You’re just a click away from employing kotlin to a new project. Simply, include Kotlin support in the Android studio and get underway immediately.

If you feel like using Kotlin in your existing project, then all you have to do is download Android Studio 3.0, open a Java file and convert the file into Kotlin by performing the appropriate function. IDE then takes care of adding all Kotlin related dependencies into your project, followed by code conversion corresponding to Kotlin.

How concise is Kotlin?

Basically, it targets reducing the overall coding size. By doing so, it makes life easy, for both developers and normal end-users associated with the application. Ultimately, the app developed would occupy only a minimal space while delivering maximum of benefits.

It’s simple and safe!

Kotlin makes the language much easier to understand and work with. Be it simplifying the syntax or diction, Kotlin ensures reduced complexity of the programming language, making it that much easier for a developer to progress with an ongoing project. With reduced coding size, it drives away the possibilities of errors such as null pointer expectations.

Heightened interoperability

With increasing demand and expectations among users, developers are forced to deliver more. Due to which, they tend to experiment with a large number of libraries. This where Kotlin comes into play nicely by allowing developers to attach individual libraries built for JVM, Andriod and the browser.

Final words

With everything looking good, this particular addition may well fuel Android app development companies to produce apps that are safe, easy-to-use, and highly flexible. The first-class support on Android will only attract more users to Kotlin, therefore, contributing significantly to the community’s expansion.

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