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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

Fully Functional – Embracing Functional Programming

Functional programming can be a powerful tool for writing scalable applications as it helps developers to model data and business logic through pure mathematical operations, thereby limiting the management of state, which is one of the biggest challenges in modern object-oriented code.

This chapter will provide the reader with a better understanding of how to achieve functional programming with Kotlin. We'll review some of the benefits of functional programming, examine how Kotlin supports it through top-level and higher-order functions, and then explore how to write more functional code using the Kotlin standard library and Arrow.

This chapter will be broken down as follows:

  • The characteristics and benefits of functional programming
  • Writing performant higher-order functions
  • Utilizing the Kotlin standard library
  • ...