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Ten Years of Kotlin!

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On July 19, 2011, at the JVM Language Summit, JetBrains announced Kotlin – a new statically typed programming language for the JVM. 

It has been here for almost ten years. Since its conception, it’s been changing the way we work at JetBrains and beyond. 

Now it’s time to celebrate all the time we’ve spent together, and share our plans so we can continue helping you become happier developers. 

Kotlin has evolved from a Java alternative to a whole ecosystem that allows writing code for different purposes, including server-side, mobile, web frontend, data science, and even multiplatform projects. 

We’ve prepared a whole project that starts from the very beginning of Kotlin and takes you through the most important moments all the way to the current state of the technology and our future vision. It’s not just about the technology itself, it’s also about the ideas and people behind Kotlin. 

It consists of two parts: the website and the documentary.

On the website, we’ll take you on a nostalgic walk down memory lane as we explore the syntax changes to Kotlin code through the years. You will also discover the Kotlin of today and our plans for the next ten years!

Explore the ten years of Kotlin website

While creating the documentary, we wanted to show how a crazy idea to create a new programming language turned out to be one of our greatest achievements. We spoke to people from JetBrains involved in Kotlins’ evolution, including Andrey Breslav, Max Shafirov, Dima Jemerov, and Hadi Hariri. We interviewed notable community members about their first experience with Kotlin, and discussed how it helps them perform their daily tasks more enjoyably. Together with Roman Elizarov, we look at what the next 10 years for Kotlin hold.

Watch the documentary

Don’t forget to share your Kotlin stories with #10yearsofKotlin — authors of our favorite stories will get some special swag that we’ve designed specifically for this special occasion!

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