One of the most interesting pieces of news we’ve all seen recently is Google announcing (limited) Java 8 support for Android N with the Jack compiler for Java. Naturally, our users are curious about how these news affect them, and this blog post outlines our plans and our vision for Kotlin’s place in the Android development world in light of Google’s announcements. Continue reading →
We always said that Kotlin is really easy to learn. And it is! But it’s not only about the language: learning materials make a difference too. Today we are making another important step in this direction. We are happy to present Kotlin Educational Plugin.
Kotlin Edu is a plugin for IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1 which lets you take learning courses. A course contains a number of tasks, and every task has several placeholders which you need to fill in correctly to solve it.
At the moment, there is only one course — the well-known Kotlin Koans, which has been available online for some time and gained considerable popularity among Kotlin learners. The offline versions of the Koans has pretty similar user experience but with all strengths of refactorings and intention actions available in IntelliJ IDEA!
If you have any questions about Kotlin Koans, feel free to ask them in the #koans channel in our Slack.
P.S. If you want to create your own course, contact us directly via email.
It’s been a month since we released Kotlin 1.0, and while our user base roughly doubled during this time, we prepared the first bugfix update.
Kotlin 1.0.1 starts a series of 1.0.X versions delivering safe bug fixes and performance improvements to the language (as well as other parts of the project), and new features to our tools and integrations. This time it’s only relatively small IDE features, but bigger things are on the horizon for 1.0.2 and later.
Changes in 1.0.1
Please find the full change log here. Some numbers and highlights:
it’s 47 fixes in the compiler, library and Gradle plugin improvements (performance),
Compatibility with Gradle 2.12,
Compatibility with IDEA 2016,
Kotlin Education Plugin (for IDEA 2016),
KT-9752 More usable file chooser for “Move declaration to another file”,
Kotlin’s adoption significantly increased in 2015, and we are especially grateful to our early adopters, who not only used Kotlin, but shared their experiences through different mediums. We’d like to highlight the most notable articles and videos of the past year.
By the way, you can join us on slack and subscribe to the #feed channel, where we push quite a bit of interesting content as it appears.
Christmas is coming! Are you prepared? It’s time to gift yourself with a new language!
Have you already checked out the amazing series of puzzles “Advent of Code” by Eric Wastl? These tasks have pretty lean and expressive solutions in Kotlin due to it’s functional programming features.
We are glad to present another update of Kotlin 1.0 Beta. We are working towards finalizing the standard library and getting rid of old deprecated constructs in the language, as well as bug fixes, performance improvements and future-proof checks.