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Mastering Kotlin

By : Nate Ebel
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Mastering Kotlin

By: Nate Ebel

Overview of this book

Using Kotlin without taking advantage of its power and interoperability is like owning a sports car and never taking it out of the garage. While documentation and introductory resources can help you learn the basics of Kotlin, the fact that it’s a new language means that there are limited learning resources and code bases available in comparison to Java and other established languages. This Kotlin book will show you how to leverage software designs and concepts that have made Java the most dominant enterprise programming language. You’ll understand how Kotlin is a modern approach to object-oriented programming (OOP). This book will take you through the vast array of features that Kotlin provides over other languages. These features include seamless interoperability with Java, efficient syntax, built-in functional programming constructs, and support for creating your own DSL. Finally, you will gain an understanding of implementing practical design patterns and best practices to help you master the Kotlin language. By the end of the book, you'll have obtained an advanced understanding of Kotlin in order to be able to build production-grade applications.
Table of Contents (25 chapters)
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Section 1: Kotlin – A Modern Solution to Application Development
Section 2: Putting the Pieces Together – Modeling Data, Managing State, and Application Architecture
Section 3: Play Nice – Integrating Kotlin With Existing Code
Section 4: Go Beyond – Exploring Advanced and Experimental Language Features
Section 5: The Wide World of Kotlin – Using Kotlin across the Entire Development Stack

Testing interop

In the previous chapters, we explored the interop experience between Java and Kotlin. We've examined some of the pain points and saw how we can improve the interop experience through the use of things such as annotations and companion objects. Understanding where your code base's interop experience can be improved relies heavily on actually using APIs from different languages.

Using your APIs is typically dependent on whatever task you're currently working on, and it might not make sense to exercise a particular Kotlin API from Java, or vice versa. This is where testing can be really useful. We can make an explicit effort to write tests that explore how our code works from one language to the next.

In this section, we'll explore how we can improve the interop experience in our code base through writing tests.