Why Kotlin

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Integration with Java

Kotlin integrates very well with Java:

  • Within IntelliJ, you can choose to convert one Java class after the other (doesn't work too well, although)
  • The only requirement to have Kotlin ready is a 1.8 JVM
  • Integration with Maven is seamless

Integration with JavaScript

Javascript is a first class runtime for Kotlin. This allows for interessting scenarios:

  • Kotlin could be used to define objects which are created and consumed both in the browser and on the backend.
  • Kotlin can make use of the ts2kt TypeScript-> Kotlin converter to create Kotlin artifacts out of Typescript definitions

Native Integration

Kotlin Native is the initiative to create a version of Kotlin runnable on all "important" platforms like iOs, Android, and also WebAssembly.

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