Several projects are building languages atop the Java Virtual Machine with cleaner syntax than old-school Java. At the forefront of that cohort is Kotlin, a new Google-endorsed language popular for building web and Android applications. Many companies are choosing Kotlin over standard Java for new projects, and we outline why this is happening.
Kotlin Still Runs On JVM But Resolved Known Issues
Null references have been a thorn in the side of every Java developer since the early days. It’s one of the biggest weaknesses of the Java language that null references are not controlled by the type system. Kotlin fixes that.
In addition, functions are objects in Kotlin with their own type, able to be returned out of other functions. This opens Kotlin to functional programming paradigms that Java’s current SAM-conversions can’t account for.
Other features – including smart casting, higher-order functions, extension functions and lambdas with receivers – provide the ability to write expressive code that’s easy for other developers to consume.
Because Kotlin still runs on the JVM, its increased type safety improves the Java ecosystem overall and provides more security and confidence for Kotlin developers.
Make The Switch Gradually
It also means that there’s little risk to testing Kotlin out. Try it on a small project, see if your developers like it. If they do, keep expanding Kotlin throughout your code. You’ll see security benefits, increased developer satisfaction, and perhaps improved performance for your application.
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Developers can use the Java Libraries they are currently using, and the code written in Kotlin or Java can be converted into Java or Kotlin. This is important because Java is so widely used, especially with Android development, so the base for Kotlin is wide-reaching. One interesting note to consider is that Google is partnering with the company behind Kotlin; JetBrains. This is sure to have an impact on Kotlin’s future uses and support – from language to framework, to tool and as you probably know from years of developing, a programming tool is only as good as the support that keeps it current, complete, and secure.
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