• Kotlin and Java - Better Together


    Start Time:

    Sep 14, 2017 6:00 PM

    End Time:

    Sep 14, 2017 9:00 PM

    Location:
    Constant Contact Reservoir Place
    1601 Trapelo Road Waltham MA 021451
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    Speaker: C.L. Kim

    At Google I/O 2017, the Android team announced official first-class support for Kotlin. Kotlin, developed by JetBrains - the company behind the IntelliJ IDE, compiles to JVM bytecode. It has many characteristics that make it also a great fit for developing server-side applications, including Expressiveness, Scalability, Interoperability, Migration, Tooling, and Learning Curve.

    Kotlin is touted as being targeted at multiple platforms: JVM/Android, JavaScript, and Native (Linux, Mac OS, iOS).

    In this talk, we will dive into basic syntax fairly broadly though not in depth. Topics include:

    • Functions as expressions
    • Conditions as expressions
    • Nullable/non-nullable values and alternate idioms to ensure null safety
    • Type checks and automatic smart casts, safe casting
    • When-expressions ('when' improves on Java's 'switch' but can be an expression as well as a statement)
    • Ranges
    • Functional literals, aka lambda expressions -- time permitting
    • Closure
    • Classes and inheritance, Class properties; Visibility modifiers
    • Extensions to extend a class without having to inherit it

    My favorite features are Extensions, and Java Interoperability.Don't let only Google and Android developers have all the fun with Kotlin; find out for yourself what is all that jazz about Kotlin.

    Speaker Biography

    C.L. Kim is in software engineering with Oath (a Verizon company), working on supply-side platform ad technology focused on mobile and video. C.L. has an MBA and an MSE in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught for a number of years an IEEE Boston Section continuing education class on Android Application Framework and APIs and has given the class "Kotlin and Android - Better Together" at the AnDevCon Android Developer Conference for the past couple of years.




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