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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

Adding Kotlin to an existing Java project

It's often not possible to consider rewriting a project in an entirely new programming language, and therefore, it becomes important for languages to work well together. Java developers that want to take advantage of Kotlin features might want to introduce Kotlin in isolated parts of their code base. As mentioned in the previous section, because Kotlin is well integrated with existing JVM tooling, adding Kotlin to an existing Java project is quick and easy when using IntelliJ or Android Studio.

In this section, we'll walk through how to add Kotlin to an existing IntelliJ project. This will demonstrate how you can start using Kotlin today, even if you're not working on a brand-new project.

Adding Kotlin to an existing IntelliJ...