There was an article on Kotlin last year on TechBooky and in that post it was said that in a perfect Android world, the main language of Java is really modern, clear, and elegant. You can write less by doing more, and whenever a new feature appears, developers can use it just by increasing version in Gradle. But the news that Google is making Kotlin a first class language for developing Android apps should gladden the hearts of its advocates.
The primary proponent of Kotlin is JetBrains and open sourced the language and you could already write Android apps using Kotlin, it’s the fact that Google is officially backing it up that’s making the news. Kotlin supports features that Java doesn’t at the moment and as they put it in a blog post, “Android Studio 3.0 ships with Kotlin out of the box, meaning Android developers no longer need to install any extras or worry about compatibility. It also means that moving forward, you can rest assured that both JetBrains and Google will be supporting Android development in Kotlin.”
JetBrains will be partnering with Google to set up a non-profit foundation going forward.
The news was received with a loud applause at the ongoing Google I/O developers’ conference which started yesterday.