Kotlin is a Type Safety (statically typed) programming language developed by JetBrains, started in 2010 for modern multiplatform applications.

In 2011 JetBrains published a post “Why JetBrains need Kotlin”

The main topics was:

*To increase the productivity

Writing the IDEs in Java was taking a lot of time to compile with javac.

*To drive sales of IntelliJ IDEA

JetBrains wanted a programming language to be a part of IntelliJ IDEA, which will increase sales.

*Drive company’s business by keeping trust

By developing a new programming language which will support other platforms, JetBrains wanted to increase the awareness and maintaining the community trust.

As it says in official Kotlin web site kotlinlang.org:

“Kotlin can be used for any kind of development, be it server-side, client-side web and Android. With Kotlin/Native currently in the works, support for other platforms such as embedded systems, macOS and iOS is coming.”

The benefits of learning Kotlin

There are many reasons to learn Kotlin:

Kotlin is an open sorce programming language.

It is 100% interoperble with Java and Android. In Google I/O 17 May, 2017,

Android team announced Kotlin as an official language for Android app development and it is fully compatible with JDK 6 and above.

Using Kotlin over Java, will cut the number of code lines approximately by 40% which will decrease the number of errors (if there is less code,

it’s more difficult for that code to fail).

Kotlin is much saver proggraming language than Java. It is aimed at removing dangers of null references from the code.

Kotlin was influenced by Java, Scala, Groovy, C#, JavaScript and Gosu so it make Kotlin easy to learn. Depends on FAQ at Kotline

officoial web site, you can red and write Kotlin in a few days.

One of the major reasons to learn kotlin is the fact that Kotlin climes to be a cross platfomr languge thanks to Kotlin/Native.

Kotlin/Native is a standalone compiler wich compiles Kotline code directly to machine code with no dependency on any virtual machine.

“Our vision for inter-platform code reuse is the following:

one can write entire modules in Kotlin in a platform-independent way and compile them for any supported

platform (currently these are Kotlin/JVM, Kotlin/JS and the upcoming Kotlin/Native).”

Popularity of Kotlin

There is no doubt, Kotlin is the raising star of programming languages.

According to Tiobe.com, Kotlin ranking is 28 and it pretends for programming laguage of the year. Kotlin was ranked 80th just in May this year.

There are many companies, using Kotlin this days. Companies like Pinterest, Square, Basecamp or Trello whose production code also includes some parts in Kotline.

Since Google announces Kotlis as an official language for Android app development, Kotlin became even more popular.

Well, only time will tell does Kotlin is really the next generation of programing language.

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