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What Is Kotlin?

What Is Kotlin?

What Is Kotlin? –Kotlin is a general purpose, free, open source, statically typed “pragmatic” programming language initially designed for the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) and Android that combines object-oriented and functional programming features. It is focused on interoperability, safety, clarity, and tooling support. Versions of Kotlin targeting JavaScript ES5.1 and native code (using LLVM) for a number of processors are in production as well.

Kotlin originated at JetBrains, the company behind IntelliJ IDEA, in 2010, and has been open source since 2012. The Kotlin team currently has more than 90 full-time members from JetBrains, and the Kotlin project on GitHub has more than 300 contributors. JetBrains uses Kotlin in many of its products including its flagship IntelliJ IDEA.

Kotlin is a great fit for developing server-side applications, allowing to write concise and expressive code  while maintaining full compatibility with existing Java-based technology stacks and a smooth learning curve:

Frameworks for Server-side Development with Kotlin

Deploying Kotlin Server-side Applications

Kotlin applications can be deployed into any host that supports Java Web applications, including Amazon Web Services, Google
Cloud Platform and more.

To deploy Kotlin applications on Heroku, you can follow the official Heroku tutorial.

AWS Labs provides a sample project showing the use of Kotlin for writing AWS Lambda functions.

Users of Kotlin on the Server Side

Corda is an open-source distributed ledger platform, supported by major banks, and built entirely in Kotlin.

JetBrains Account, the system responsible for the entire license sales and validation process at JetBrains, is written in 100% Kotlin and has been running in production since 2015 with no major issues.

The Creating Web Applications with Http Servlets and Creating a RESTful Web Service with Spring Boot tutorials show you how you can build and run very small Web applications in Kotlin.

For a more in-depth introduction to the language, check out the reference documentation on this site and Kotlin Koans.

Using Kotlin for Android Development

Kotlin is a great fit for developing Android applications, bringing all of the advantages of a modern language to the Android
platform without introducing any new restrictions:

Kotlin for Android Case Studies

Kotlin has been successfully adopted by major companies, and a few of them have shared their experiences:

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