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Simplifying Application Development with Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile

By : Róbert Nagy
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Simplifying Application Development with Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile

By: Róbert Nagy

Overview of this book

Sharing code between platforms can help developers gain a competitive edge, and Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile (KMM) offers a sensible way to do it. KMM helps mobile teams share code between Android and iOS in a flexible way, leaving room for native development. The book begins by helping you to gain a clear understanding of the Kotlin Multiplatform approach, how it works, and how it is different from cross-platform technologies, such as React Native and Flutter, and code sharing options, such as C++. You'll then see how your team can use this software development kit (SDK) to build native applications more effectively by learning timeless concepts and working through practical examples. As you advance, you'll get to grips with the core concepts, understand why UI sharing fails, and get hands-on with developing a small KMM application. Finally, you'll discover expert tips and best practices, along with production- and adoption-related questions, that will help you take the next step in your project and career. By the end of this Kotlin book, you'll have gained a solid understanding of the capabilities of KMM and be able to share code between Android and iOS flexibly.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Section 1 - Getting Started with Multiplatform Mobile Development Using Kotlin
Section 2 - Code Sharing between Android and iOS
Section 3 - Supercharging Yourself for the Next Steps

Chapter 1: The Battle Between Native, Cross-Platform, and Multiplatform

The proliferation of smartphones has led to the development of a large number of applications, making app development an important field. Because the same service in the form of an application needs to be developed on multiple platforms, various technologies, in addition to native solutions, have started to arise – first, cross-platform and now multiplatform. These technologies have been developed mainly to cut costs and make the application development process more efficient.

We'll start by learning about the issues with native development, why cross-platform can solve some of these issues with compromises, and how multiplatform can be a better solution. Also, if you're at the start of your career, we'll dive into why it may be better to focus on a multiplatform technology stack, rather than a cross-platform technology stack. I realize that this chapter is quite theoretical, but I encourage you to bear with me – it should help you build up that dopamine release, which is going to be paramount in the following chapters to maximize your learning.

In this chapter, we're going to cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the compounding costs of native development
  • Exploring the pitfalls of cross-platform solutions
  • Adopting a multiplatform approach