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Java or Kotlin for Android App Development: Key Factors to Consider

May 26, 2017   byLucas Bresciani0 COMMENTS   581 views

Mobile app development industry is growing at an enormous rate and with the growing demand for apps, a large number of mobile app developers are coming up with highly scalable apps that can satisfy your business requirements. However, when it comes to developing a mobile app, choosing the appropriate programming language is of utmost importance. Talking about android app development, Java is considered as the best choice.

However, at Google I/O 2017, Google made an announcement about Kotlin as an official language for Android app development. Before moving further, it is important to have some knowledge about Kotlin.

A Brief Insight Into Kotlin

The language uses less code to write and this means that it improves productivity by minimizing the effort required to write the code. Its code syntax is easy to understand and hence, code review becomes very simple. In addition, it paves the way for easy code conversion between Java as well as Kotlin, complete debugging, easy IDE integration and full debugging to name a few. Hence, there is no exaggeration in saying that it can help in minimizing the pain points of Java developers. Run time overhead is also low and this is because the standard library is small and compact. There is no denying that NullPointerExceptions (NPEs) have been one of the most common reasons for crashes in mobile applications and fixing all NPEs is a tedious task. However, with Kotlin, there is no need to worry about NPEs because Kotlin's type system is aimed to prevent NPEs from the code.

With the arrival of Kotlin, there are many mobile app developers who are struggling with the question of learning either Kotlin or Java for developing apps based on android. If you are also the one who is not sure about learning this language, then this blog is just for you as it will help you in making the wise decision.

Who should learn Kotlin for android app development?

If you have just started your career as a mobile app developer or you are on your way of learning java or just finished learning this language, then it will be better to stick to Java. This is because there is not sufficient learning resources for Kotlin, whereas plenty of resources are available for Java. After gaining some experience in developing apps based on android you will be able to become more confident in android app development and then you can start developing apps with Kotlin.

On the other hand, If you are a confident developer who knows everything about Java and is always ready to take challenges, then you should start learning Kotlin. You may want to use this language in your current project, but it is good to use Kotlin for your next project. It is believed that once you start using this language, you will get to see that this new language is very easy and amazing. The main reason behind this is the requirement of writing less code in comparison to Java.

Furthermore, when it comes to using any new language for your project then you have to consider several important factors such as team members, decision of project manager and many more. After having complete knowledge of these factors, you will be able to make the best choice for qualitative mobile app development.

In conclusion, Kotlin will give a more concise as well as a smarter way of coding for android apps, but the language may take some time to touch the horizons of sky. When it comes to learning Kotlin for android app development, don't forget to consider some important factors.

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