The Kotlin Book: an introduction to Android development for iOS Developers
A comprehensive introduction to Kotlin and Android development:
Both Swift and Kotlin are modern, open source programming languages, each in their own right is the future for mobile development, Swift for iOS and Kotlin for Android.
Currently, Swift is used almost exclusively for Apple platform development (iOS, Mac OS, tvOS, WatchOS). It is also available on Linux, and the goal is for it to be completely platform independent and used in a variety of places, including server side development. That’s the goal, but not the current state.
Kotlin, on the other hand, can quite literally be used anywhere Java is currently used. Hence, from the very beginning, Kotlin is viable for full stack development - for native mobile & wearables development via the Android platform, for server side development, for Internet of Things (IOT), etc.
Although Kotlin is a new language, there are already a number of books available on Kotlin, on Android, and on Android development with Kotlin. When I began teaching Android development at the college level, I first went to these books to see which was most suitable for my own students. However I found that for the most part, books on Android development using Kotlin, assumed that the reader already had a background both in Java and in Android development, i.e. the target audience of these books were experienced Android developers who were used to writing apps in Java but now wanted to switch to Kotlin. Likewise, books written solely about Kotlin also made the assumption that the reader is already familiar with Java.
Like Swift, Kotlin is an excellent first language. But regardless if Kotlin is your first language, or merely one in a long succession of programming languages you have encountered, if you are learning Android development for the very first time, why not do so with a modern, elegant language that is much simpler and easier to develop with than Java?
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