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Kotlin Blueprints

By : Ashish Belagali, Akshay Chordiya, Hardik Trivedi
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Kotlin Blueprints

By: Ashish Belagali, Akshay Chordiya, Hardik Trivedi

Overview of this book

Kotlin is a powerful language that has applications in a wide variety of fields. It is a concise, safe, interoperable, and tool-friendly language. The Android team has also announced first-class support for Kotlin, which is an added boost to the language. Kotlin’s growth is fueled through carefully designed business and technology benefits. The collection of projects demonstrates the versatility of the language and enables you to build standalone applications on your own. You’ll build comprehensive applications using the various features of Kotlin. Scale, performance, and high availability lie at the heart of the projects, and the lessons learned throughout this book. You’ll learn how to build a social media aggregator app that will help you efficiently track various feeds, develop a geospatial webservice with Kotlin and Spring Boot, build responsive web applications with Kotlin, build a REST API for a news feed reader, and build a server-side chat application with Kotlin. It also covers the various libraries and frameworks used in the projects. Through the course of building applications, you’ll not only get to grips with the various features of Kotlin, but you’ll also discover how to design and prototype professional-grade applications.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Introducing TornadoFX

TornadoFX is a lightweight Kotlin framework around the JavaFX Framework. This means that it will run across all the hardware/operating systems supported by JavaFX, plus it will add Kotlin magic to simplify the coding for us developers.

Before we jump into TornadoFX, let's first understand where JavaFX fits into the scene.

Java-based desktop frameworks

The Java ecosystem is quite advanced in terms of the support it gives for building desktop applications. With the write once, run anywhere philosophy, the Java desktop applications are expected to work well on various heterogeneous platforms, such as Windows, macOS, and all Unix/Linux flavors—wherever a Java virtual machine (JVM) is available.

The Java ecosystem is rich with various flavors of desktop application framework. They are mentioned as follows:

  • Java AWT: AWT stands for advanced windowing toolkit. AWT makes use of the native widgets of the underlying platform. This means that a desktop application running on a Windows...