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Seven Kotlin Libraries for Android Developers

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Seven Kotlin Libraries for Android Developers

Get started developing Android apps with seven Kotlin libraries.

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After the official launch of Kotlin by Google for Android app development, many developers have taken a keen interest in the language. According to researchers, Kotlin has become so popular that it has replaced the developer’s number one choice, Java, and is surely the future of Android apps. 

In this article, we’ll discuss major Kotlin libraries and help developers choose the right one for their needs.

Kotlin Coroutines

Some APIs perform long-running operations that include IO, CPU, file IO, or GPU-intensive work and require a caller until their processes end. With Kotlin Coroutines, things are quite different. Coroutines helps to eliminate blocking threads and replace them with more convenient operations, known as a suspension of coroutines. Kotlin Coroutines enable developers to develop asynchronously in a simpler way that is primarily based on the concept of Continuation-passing style programming.

FlexboxLayout

FlexboxLayout is an Android layout manager that can help you bring analogous capabilities to the CSS Flexible Box Layout Module. This feature has extended the ViewGroup, similar to the Android linear and relative layouts. You can also add different layout to a Flexbox, such as flexWrap, flexDirection, justifyContent, alignItems, or alignContent. While using this layout, you can arrange items in a horizontal manner, and for each step, you’ll be shifted to the next line.

Anko

This is one of the popular Android libraries, as it is written in Kotlin and maintained by JetBrains. The goal of this library is to speed up the Kotlin Android development process. The library has four diverse modules that include Layouts, SQLite, Commons, and Coroutines.

RxKotlin

This is the most lightweight library as compared to all the above-mentioned Android libraries because it adds convenient extension functions from RxJava. Kotlin has language features like extension functions that help to simplify the usage of RxJava even more. RxKotline majorly assists in gathering all these conveniences in one centralized library and standardize utilizing RxJava with Kotlin.

KBinding

As the name suggests, KBinding is the data binding library for Kotlin. It is widely used with Anko to allow data binding in a seamless and comprehensive way that makes understanding syntax easy. This library enables you to bind the data of your models straight to XML views in a very flawless way. It represents four data binding models:

  • OneWay: Binding from model to view.

  • TwoWay: Binding from model to view and view to model.

  • OneTime: Binding from model to view and auto-release after the first emit.

  • OneWayToSource: Binding from view to model.

Ktlint

The Ktlint library is both linear and formatted, as it is a single binary that tries to capture code from Android Kotlin Guide Style and kotlinlang.org. With this library, you can put the importance of code clarity and community conventions over preferences. This will make things quite easy for people who are reading your code, freeing up time you might have spent documenting everything.

Klaxon

This is a lightweight library that helps you parse JSON in Kotlin. In this library, the values are parsed from a suitable JSON file to the following type:

    • Long

    • Int

    • String

    • Double

    • JsonObject

    • JsonArray

    • Boolean

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kotlin ,kotlin development ,web dev ,ktlint ,klaxon

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