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Kotlin is a new language for the JVM that aims to be a "better Java". Made in-house by Jetbrains, the company behind IntelliJ IDEA and also Android Studio, it's been in development for more than 5 years. Just a few weeks ago the final version of Kotlin 1.0 saw the light of day.
This talk will start with a brief introduction into Kotlin and its core language features. After this brief foray into concepts like Kotlin's immutable variables, null behaviour and other smarts like the syntactic sugar it provides for dealing with types and properties you'll discover what's in store for Android developers.
Particularly noteworthy are the decrease in annoying Java boilerplate code, fewer of the irritating "Process has stopped unexpectedly" messages and the easily available Kotlin Android Extensions. You will also explore the toolchain and compiler tools Kotlin provides for Android development, the differences to using Kotlin for Java development as well as the integration into Android Studio.
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I work as a Software Solutions Architect for Ventego Creative in Wellington, New Zealand. I co-founded the company with two partners and I'm also the CTO of Zen Ex Machina, a startup in the fields of digital & user experience consultancy based out of Canberra in Australia.