Google makes Kotlin a first-class language for writing Android apps

18 Mai, 2017, 09:58 | Author: Come Portier
  • Google makes Kotlin a first-class language for writing Android apps

Google just announced that it will officially support Kotlin on Android.

The interested people can go ahead and download Android Studio preview and try out options like "Convert Java File to Kotlin File".

Kotlin was created by JetBrains and officially released early past year. Note that Android Studio was built on the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE.

Because Kotlin is interoperable with Java, you could already write Android apps in the language before, but now Google will put its weight behind the language. Among a number of other, smaller changes, there is also support for Instant Apps, developers will find a number of new wizard systems on board to make workflow easier, and all Android O development images now include the Play Store, allowing developers to conduct related testing with the app they're developing.

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Developers should also note that Kotlin compiler emits Java byte-code. Kotlin includes support for a number of features that Java itself doesn't now support. It's 100 percent interoperable with Java, which until now was Google's only primary language for writing Android apps. This brings a flexibility to add as much as code one wants to the existing code.

Kotlin was first announced in July 2011, with version 1.0 arriving in February 2016.

Kotlin tools will be included with Android Studio 3.0 by default, and Jet Brains and Google are pledging to support the language going forward. Without you Kotlin wouldn't be where it is today. We'll be updating this article with more information.

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