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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


Kotlin includes robust support for a variety of different OOP concepts. It has been designed based on years of research and experience from other languages to make OOP easier. Kotlin natively supports concepts such as delegation and singletons. Kotlin provides rich data types such as data classes to reduce boilerplate and sealed classes to help to model restricted class hierarchies. Interfaces in Kotlin bring features from newer versions of Java as well as new features such as interface properties, which can be used in domains such as Android where newer Java features may not be available. Kotlin's feature set allows you to more easily organize your day in whatever way makes sense to you and enables developers to write concise, flexible, object-oriented code.

In the next chapter, we'll focus on why interoperability between Kotlin and Java is such a big part of...