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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

Let's build our dictionary application

We will build a dictionary application to understand how to build a desktop application using the TornadoFX framework, which is based on top of JavaFX framework. You will learn how to use TornadoFX and Kotlin to quickly build a robust and beautiful desktop application with features such as type-safe CSS. 

The idea is to build a desktop-based dictionary application that shows the meaning(s) of the input word. It will fetch the meaning of the input word from the web using Words API.

What we will build

Here is a sneak peek of the application and how it will look and work until we reach the end of the chapter:

After the user enters the word and clicks on the Get meaning button, the meaning will be shown as follows:

Words API

The dictionary application will fetch the meanings of a given word from the Words API site ( There are several APIs provided by the Words API website, but we will be using only the dictionary API to fetch the meaning...