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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
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Section 2: Putting the Pieces Together – Modeling Data, Managing State, and Application Architecture
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Section 3: Play Nice – Integrating Kotlin With Existing Code
13
Section 4: Go Beyond – Exploring Advanced and Experimental Language Features
17
Section 5: The Wide World of Kotlin – Using Kotlin across the Entire Development Stack

Integrating with Java

As we discovered in Chapter 1, A New Challenger Approaches, seamless interoperability with Java has been a primary goal for Kotlin since its inception. JetBrains started creating Kotlin primarily for themselves and needed the language to work with their extensive existing Java code bases and tooling. Tight integration with Java also would allow Kotlin to be used alongside existing Java code, making the barrier to entry smaller for developers looking to try Kotlin in existing projects.

Using Java from Kotlin

Because Kotlin is the new language on the block and was built to integrate with Java as seamlessly as possible, calling Java code from Kotlin code works out of the box. In this section, we'll...