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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


In this final chapter, we've built an app step by step. Although the app we wrote wasn't big, it gave us enough room to see Kotlin features in action. 

Most of the types we used were from the Java Standard Library or written in Java itself. This showed how good the interoperability with Java and existing Java types is. 

We've also seen how Kotlin works with a popular build tool such as Gradle, and how it has first-class support in IntelliJ IDE.

After this final chapter, where we showed how Kotlin is used in practice, you should have a good understanding of the language and its features.