I finally got around to watching Jake Wharton’s talk on how developers can use Kotlin to build their Android apps. It’s a must watch. For Android developers.
My initial thoughts on Kotlin were:
- Hmmm, reminds my of Swift (of Apple fame).
- Oh my goodness, take my money.
- Oh, oooh, ooooooooooooh.
- Kotlin is compiled to Java bytecode. You still need to have reasonably deep knowledge of the compiler to avoid creating unnecessary objects or have inner classes hold onto references to the outer class, fail…
- …but, you need to have reasonably deep knowledge of the Java compiler anyway, even if you are writing just Java code (kind of invalidating point 5).
- This is amazing, this is the future.
One thing I have begun to realize as I learn Swift and now have seen Kotlin. Java is VERY verbose with tons of ceremony. Swift, Kotlin, and other similar languages are doing a good job stripping that all away and making coding genuinely fun and clean.