Top 8 Things You Need To Know About Kotlin, Android’s New Programming Language

Introduction of Kotlin

Kotlin is a statically-typed, inferred and functional programming language which is developed by “JetBrains” developers in 2011.JetBrains developers are the main team member who invented Kotlin programming language.Kotlin name is kept from Kotlin island which is near in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Preview release date: 31 March 2017
Stable release date: 25 April 2017
Kotlin is the combination of multiple languages, for example, something is taken from Scala programming language, something is taken from C++ and something is taken from java etc, and it comes with no limitations.
It also runs in Java Virtual Machine and firstly converted in bytecode and etc. One of the main motives of Kotlin is to compile as fast as java.And one of the main reason to invent Kotlin is to overcome java problems.

Features of Kotlin :
Kotlin introduces many improvements for programmers such as :

1) Kotlin setup is very easy, simply a plugin is available in android studio upload plugin and one option showed that is setup configure Kotlin and click and Kotlin configure automatically.

2)Kotlin is concise which means the code of amount is reduce as compare to other languages.
3)Kotlin is safe means Null-Pointer Exception which is the major problem in Java, which is eliminated in Kotlin.In Kotlin you can create two types of a variable (nullable variable and non-null variable), if you want to create null variable then choose a nullable variable and if you want to create non-null value then choose a non-null variable, it gives error msg not a null-pointer exception.

4)Kotlin is Interoperable means you can easily convert Kotlin program in java and if you want to convert java program in Kotlin then you can easily convert.

 

5)Kotlin is the third language which is fully supported by Android after Java and C++.
6)Kotlin is a completely open source and free in cost and gives one option to convert java to Kotlin and a strong focus on java binary compatibility.
7)It is intended to improve code readability, gives an easier way to extend Android SDK classes and speed up development.

8) In Kotlin, there is no need to write semicolon “;”, without writing semicolon you can run your app.In C, C++, JAVA, Android without semicolon crash your project.
How to use Kotlin:
1: How to declare variables and data types in Kotlin
It declares in two way
i) The first way in which you did not need to pass data type called implicit conversion:
var fruit = “Mango”
val count = 100
Here, fruit is a variable of type String data type, and the count is a variable of type Int data type. You don’t have to specify the types of variables, Kotlin implicitly does that. The compiler knows this by initializer expression (“Mango” is a String, and 100 is an integer value). This is called type inference in programming.
The difference between var and val:
val is an Immutable reference which means the variable declared using val keyword cannot be changed once the value is assigned. It is similar to final variable in Java.
var is the Mutable reference which means the variable declared using var keyword can be changed later in the program. It corresponds to regular Java variable.
ii) second if you want to define data type called explicit conversion:
val a:Int = 6266
Means value convert to integer type
val a:Long = 2000L
the in which compiler considers long data type.Suffix “L” means it converts in long data types.
2>Charecter, String and their functions in Kotlin:
Syntax: class Student(val firstName: String, var age: Int) {
// class body
}
3>Array in Kotlin:
Arrays in Kotlin are represented using the Array class. You can create an array in Kotlin either using the library function arrayOf() or be using the Array() constructor.
You can pass a bunch of values to the arrayOf function to create an array :
var numbers = arrayOf(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
var animals = arrayOf(“mango”, “jackfruit”, “banana”, “apple”)
var mixedArray = arrayOf(1, true, 3, “hello”, ‘A’)
how to use array in kotlin:
fun main(args: Array<String>){
var array = arrayof(123,234,765)
println(“${array[0]}”) // To print 0th position value of array

for(i in array){
println(“${array[i]}”) //To print all value of array use for loop:
}
}

4>Class and Constructor in kotlin:
Syntax: class student
If you do not want to add body of class then there is no need to add curly braces.if you want to add body of class then need to use curly braces:
Syntax: class student {
//body of class
}
How to call Constructor :student()
fun main(args: Array<String>){
var s = student() //Here call student constructor
}

Conclusion:

Kotlin is a new language with low risk and easy to learn, you stay in the familiar Java ecosystem and you can start using Kotlin alongside with Java.

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