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Kotlin Quick Start Guide

By : Marko Devcic
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Kotlin Quick Start Guide

By: Marko Devcic

Overview of this book

Kotlin is a general purpose, object-oriented language that primarily targets the JVM and Android. Intended as a better alternative to Java, its main goals are high interoperability with Java and increased developer productivity. Kotlin is still a new language and this book will help you to learn the core Kotlin features and get you ready for developing applications with Kotlin. This book covers Kotlin features in detail and explains them with practical code examples.You will learn how to set up the environment and take your frst steps with Kotlin and its syntax. We will cover the basics of the language, including functions, variables, and basic data types. With the basics covered, the next chapters show how functions are first-class citizens in Kotlin and deal with the object-oriented side of Kotlin. You will move on to more advanced features of Kotlin. You will explore Kotlin's Standard Library and learn how to work with the Collections API. The book finishes by putting Kotlin in to practice, showing how to build a desktop app. By the end of this book, you will be confident enough to use Kotlin for your next project.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Chapter 2. Kotlin Basics

With Kotlin IDE installed, it is now time to start learning the basic elements of the language. In this chapter, you can learn about local variables and functions and basic Kotlin Types. If you are a Java programmer, in this chapter you'll see what sets Kotlin apart from Java. You'll see how type inference works and how Kotlin, with its support for Nullable Types, tries to prevent NullPointerExceptions.

Here is the complete overview of topics you will learn in this chapter:

  • Functions
  • Local variables
  • Local functions
  • Type inference
  • Basic types
  • Nullable types
  • Casting
  • Control flow
  • Exceptions
  • Packages
  • Visibility modifiers