Getting Started with Kotlin

by Kevin Jones

Kotlin is a lanuage that compiles to Java bytecode and runs on the JVM; it's designed to address many of Java's shortcomings. This course aims to give you an introduction to Kotlin to get you developing applications quickly.

What you'll learn

Java as a programming language is almost 20 years old. Java hasn't changed a great deal over those 20 years, which is both a strength and a weakness. Java is very verbose, with lots of ceremony needed to do even the simplest thing. Enter Kotlin, a more modern version of Java. It adopts functional ideas such as immutability and first-class functions, out of the box, and it is also object-oriented. It aims to reduce the 'noise' that Java has and to make programs more concise and readable. This course, Getting Started with Kotlin, introduces you to Kotlin and will get you up to speed very quickly so that you can adopt this language in your projects. First, you'll learn how to install the Kotlin tools and set up the IDEs to use Kotlin, as well as learn some basic language syntax. Next, you'll learn how to start using the object-oriented features of Kotlin. You'll finish the course by learning how to use the programming features of Kotlin, and also how to write and run tests in Kotlin. By the end this course, you'll have a strong foundation of knowledge on basic syntax and features of Kotlin.

About the author

A long time ago in a university far, far away Kevin fell in love with programming. Initially on the university's DEC20 computer doing BASIC and Pascal and a little bit of Fortran. His first job had him writing batch PL/1 on an IBM mainframe where he also discovered the arcane delights of JCL. He soon realized the multiuser systems were not for him after discovering the delights of dBase IV on IBM PCs. From here it was all downhill as he became addicted to C and the Windows API. Just missing out ... more

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