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Big Nerd Ranch Guide: Kotlin on Android?

 
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Hi,

Google announced first class support for kotlin on Android platform.

Kotlin made good first impression for sure. I was wondering kotlin should be picked for android development instead of java.

Any thoughts...

Thanks
 
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In my opinion, Kotlin will become the standard for Android development within a few years. It is the future of the platform.

You should learn Kotlin if you are going to be an Android developer in a few years. That said, in my experience, the language is not the hard part for any mobile platform. The hard part to learn and understand is the framework. At this moment, I don't think there are many resources that teach you Kotlin and Android development at the same time.

Depending on your comfort level, I'd recommend a hybrid approach. Learn Android development (in Java) and also learn Kotlin at the same time. Perhaps converting what you are learning to Kotlin yourself so that you can see the differences. If you find this to be a little too much, then I would recommend learning Android in Java first and then learning Kotlin.

I posted a little bit about this here too, if it helps: https://coderanch.com/t/682525/mobile/Android-Programming-Big-Nerd-Ranch
 
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Thanks Chris you are spot on.
 
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