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Android Development with Kotlin

By : Igor Wojda, Marcin Moskala
Book Image

Android Development with Kotlin

By: Igor Wojda, Marcin Moskala

Overview of this book

Nowadays, improved application development does not just mean building better performing applications. It has become crucial to find improved ways of writing code. Kotlin is a language that helps developers build amazing Android applications easily and effectively. This book discusses Kotlin features in context of Android development. It demonstrates how common examples that are typical for Android development, can be simplified using Kotlin. It also shows all the benefits, improvements and new possibilities provided by this language. The book is divided in three modules that show the power of Kotlin and teach you how to use it properly. Each module present features in different levels of advancement. The first module covers Kotlin basics. This module will lay a firm foundation for the rest of the chapters so you are able to read and understand most of the Kotlin code. The next module dives deeper into the building blocks of Kotlin, such as functions, classes, and function types. You will learn how Kotlin brings many improvements to the table by improving common Java concepts and decreasing code verbosity. The last module presents features that are not present in Java. You will learn how certain tasks can be achieved in simpler ways thanks to Kotlin. Through the book, you will learn how to use Kotlin for Android development. You will get to know and understand most important Kotlin features, and how they can be used. You will be ready to start your own adventure with Android development with Kotlin.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback
Making Your Marvel Gallery Application

Import aliases

An alias is a way to introduce new names for types. If the type name is already used in the file, is inappropriate, or is too long, you can introduce a different name and use it instead of the original type name. An alias does not introduce a new type, and it is available only before compile time (when writing code). The compiler replaces a class alias with an actual class, so it does not exist at runtime.

Sometimes, we need to use a few classes with the same name in a single file. For example, the InterstitialAd type is defined both in the Facebook and Google advertising libraries. Let's suppose that we want to use them both in a single file. This situation is common in projects where we need to implement both ad providers to allow a profit comparison between them. The problem is that using both data types in a single file would mean that we need to access one or both of them with a fully qualified class name (namespace and class name):