Little helpers for Android development with Kotlin

06/17/2016 - 11:00 to 11:45
Stage 4

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Kotlin is a new language for the JVM that aims to be a "better Java". Made in-house by Jetbrains, the company behind IntelliJ IDEA and also Android Studio, it's been in development for more than 5 years. Just a few months ago the final version of Kotlin 1.0 saw the light of day.

Starting off with Kotlin for Java development and for Android is actually quite straight forward. There's a lot of well written documentation, there are the Kotlin Koans and blogs seem to pick up Kotlin-related topics more and more. What a lot of people are not aware of though is that there are a bunch of really useful libraries and tools for Kotlin developers, in particular on Android (the most common and well known one being Ando).

This session will start with a quick introduction into Kotlin and its benefits over Java. Then we'll dive into the Kotlin-Android-ecosystem and look at a variety of Kotlin tools and libraries that can make one's life much easier - even to a level going beyond what core Kotlin already has to offer.

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