Google just announced in Google I/O 2017 that kotlin would be the first class language for android. Now it is to be noted that it is not replacing java or C++ but works a compatible programming language with respect to today’s requirement.
From now, Android Studio 3.0 ships with Kotlin out of the box so the developers do not have to install any extra plug-in, tools & there will be no compatibility issues. Developers can go straight into programming with Kotlin as both Jetbrains & Google will provide support for android development in Kotlin.
Kotlin supports other platforms like Kotlin/JVM for server and desktop, Kotlin/JS, and Kotlin/Native. Jetbrains has visioned Kotlin as the uniform tool for end-to-end development of various applications bridging various platforms with the same language. This includes full-stack web applications, Android and iOS clients, embedded/IoT.
Jetbrains has entered into a non-profit partnership with google for a foundation for kotlin.
Some Features of Kotlin:
Kotlin makes code Concise: It drastically reduces the amount of code.
Kotlin is Inter-operable: Developers can use existing libraries for JVM, Android & browser which are compatible with Kotlin.
Kotlin is Safe: Various class of errors like null pointer exceptions can be avoided completely by using Kotlin.
Kotlin is Tool Friendly: Developers can choose any Java IDE or build from the command line.
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