Kotlin Allows iPhone Application Development to Reach Android Users

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Kotlin Allows iPhone Application Development to Reach Android Users

Kotlin is easy to learn for Java developers, and will make cross-platform development easier to achieve to appeal to both iOS and Android users.

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Kotlin is a programming language that is compatible with Android. It is expressive and concise and works with Java. Developers who love Java can continue using it, and also add Kotlin code incrementally and make use of Kotlin libraries. It is possible to introduce Kotlin into your existing code bases without the need to convert all your existing Java code to Kotlin. Many Android developers agree that Kotlin makes development quicker and more fun.

Thanks to Google for making Kotlin an official Android language, cross-platform development between iOS and Android has become a lot easier. Kotlin shares many similarities with Swift, which is the programming language for iOS. This is exciting for mobile app development as maintaining an app across Android and iOS can become more intuitive.

A majority of cross-platform solutions require you to write all your codes in the target language such as Xamarin. Other than that, they need a good bit of boilerplate to communicate with the platform code such as React Native. Kotlin Native promises an uncomplicated solution for easily sharing code between Android and iOS. This is great news for iOS app developers who wish that their apps reach Android users.

Make Use of Gradle

Gradle is an open-source build automation tool. You can write in any language of your choice, be it Python, Java or C++. Gradle's unmatched versatility can be relied on to build it all. The following features make Gradle easy to use:

  • It is very customizable
  • It is fast and able to complete tasks promptly
  • It is the official Android build tool. Gradle supports multiple popular languages and technologies.

Gradle supports many major IDEs (Integrated Development Environments), including Visual Studio 2017, Android Studio, IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, and XCode.

Know the Similarities and Differences Between Kotlin and Swift

Many Kotlin developers have called Kotlin “the Swift of Android.” This has helped to create an image for the programming language.

The syntax of Swift and that of Kotlin do not resemble each other, though there can be up to 77% string similarity in small chunks of code. Both languages are as concise and transparent as possible. Kotlin’s and Swift’s syntax systems are very efficient in that regard and are appreciated by developers for their elegance.

Both are considered to be very secure and reliable for big projects. In terms of typing, both Kotlin and Swift are strong and static and they both allow work with dynamic types. They are less verbose, easy to read, and comfortable to work with. Both Swift and Kotlin are interoperable with Java and Objective-C, which makes it possible to use them in new projects and in the maintenance of old ones.

What’s more, the striking resemblance of the two languages can help in native development of one app for both Android and iOS. This does not mean that apps on both platforms can share a common code, of course, since the languages and OS-specific libraries aren’t identical. Due to the functional and syntactical similarities between Kotlin and Swift, the approaches to application functionality can be very identical. Development, testing, and maintenance become quicker and easier.

Choose a Comfortable IDE

An IDE is an application that aids the development of applications. It’s a workbench that is based upon GUI, created to assist developers in building software applications with an integrated environment containing all the required tools at hand.

The original IDE created by Apple is XCode, but there are many alternatives to it. We recommend you to try out XCode first before checking out the others. A few other IDEs that you can try are AppCode, Code Runner, and Swifty.

Break the Complicated Application Lifecycle

iOS is superior to Android’s system. In iOS, generally, the hooks provided match the lifecycle of the view, creating an intuitive and easy system, and successfully hiding system-level concerns from the developer. In the case of Android, hooks follow the state of the controller. This conflates the life cycle of the view with the state of the controller, breaking the fundamental abstraction of MVC. This design is faulty and creates a quirky and confusing system, exposing system-level complexity to the developer.

Review Extension Imports and Collision for the Project

While signing up for an app, a big hassle that may be encountered is the addressing of a large audience. Many of the users may use similar usernames to log in. Methods of extension imports and avoiding collisions may differ in various programming languages.

Kotlin is backed by Android Studio and supports the extension function.

Convenient Database and Network Options

Kotlin is suitable for database development as it is replacing Java. It is a lot easier to go for totally Kotlin-based apps and communicate with the same language in the backend, rather than providing an interpreter.

A Hybrid UI Layout for Your App

Earlier user interfaces (UI) used to be completely XML, which made shifting from Android to iOS very difficult for developers. Not anymore. Now, with the help of Kotlin, the UI can be designed and the look of the app can be a hybrid of both Android and iOS.

Android was written in Java. Because of this, Java is the favorite of many Android app developers. It’s clear that Kotlin will no longer remain only a trend, but will soon become a standard for Android development. The debate of whether to choose Java or Kotlin has been very common in the Android community. Kotlin has many compelling advantages. It takes a Java developer just a few hours to learn Kotlin. A Kotlin code offers more safety and concision in comparison to a Java code. Kotlin and Java files can exist together in Android apps. Because of this, Kotlin is useful for not only new apps, but also expanding existing Java apps.

If Kotlin is used for Android and iOS app development, cross-platform development between the platforms will become simpler. It would be easy for iOS apps to reach the Android platform. Kotlin can benefit iPhone application developers to reach Android users.

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