If you’ve not heard about it before then hear it now!
From Google I/O 17, Kotlin has been added as the official programming language for Android development!
Hearing the word “Kotlin” for the first time?
Kotlin is a super new and a super cool programming language. Developed by JetBrains which also developed the JetBrains IDE that Android Studio- Google’s official developer tool is based on. (Woah??!1!)
If you’re too scared thinking that it would replace Java for Android? Fret not! Java is not going anywhere and it will stay here.
Also, if the thought of learning a new language scares you, then there’s good news because Kotlin is very similar to your best friend Java; object-oriented, statically typed and designed for similar problems.
So, Why Kotlin?
Some features include:-
1.Kotlin tools will be included with Android Studio 3.0, so you don’t need to worry about downloading anything.
2.Google and Jetbrains, both pledge to support the language wholeheartedly
3.It is very compatible with Java. This means you can mix and match both Kotlin and Java into your project.
4. It is a concise language so IT drastically reduces the size of your code
5. Hate when you see Null Pointer Exception as an error? Well, Kotlin is here to solve it for you.
On top of all this, Kotlin has already been accepted by major developers like Pinterest, Expedia, Square and others for their production apps. It’s a clean, concise language.
Happy Developing 🙂