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Sep 21, 2017

Kotlin cheat sheet

Google recently declared Kotlin as a first-class language. This increased visibility means everyone is looking at this programming language. Here, Dmitry Jemerov explains some tips and tricks for dealing with basic syntax, classes, and more in Kotlin.

Kotlin is a new programming language created by JetBrains and targeting the JVM, Android and the browser. Kotlin is concise, safe, and fully interoperable with existing Java and JavaScript code. Kotlin helps avoid common errors such as NPEs and strives to make programming more pleasant. At the Google I/O conference, Google has announced official support for Kotlin as a language for developing Android applications, meaning that Kotlin development tools are now bundled with Android Studio. This cheat sheet will introduce you to the most important elements of the Kotlin syntax. To learn more, visit the Kotlin web site at kotlinlang.org.

Kotlin: What does it look like?

Source: kotlinlang.org

Basic Syntax

Hello World:

fun main(args: Array) {
println("Hello, World")

Declaring functions:

fun sum(a: Int, b: Int): Int {
return a + b

Functions with expression body:
fun sum(a: Int, b: Int) = a + b

Declaring variables:

val name = "Kotlin" // can’t be changed

var age = 5
// can be changed

Variables with nullable types:
var middleName: String? = null
// doesn’t compile
val length = middleName?.length ?: 0 // length or 0 if null

Control Structures

if statement (also replaces ternary operator):
fun max(a: Int, b: Int) = if (a > b) a else b

for loop:
for (element in list) {

for loop with index:
for ((index, element) in elements.withIndex()) {
// String interpolation: $index, $element
println("Element at $index is $element")

when (replaces switch). when is an expression, like if
fun whenDemo(x: Number) = when(x) {
0 -> "Zero"
// Equality check
in 1..4 -> "Four or less" // Range check
5, 6, 7 -> "Five to seven"// Multiple values
is Byte -> "Byte"// Type check
else -> "Some number"

when without expression:
fun whenDemo2(x: Number) = when {
x < 0 -> "Negative"
x == 0 -> "Zero"
else -> "Positive"


Primary constructor. val declares a read-only property, var –
a mutable one
class Person(val name: String, var age: Int)
// name is readonly, age is mutable

open class Person(val name: String) {
open fun sayHello() = "Hello from $name"
class RussianPerson(name: String) : Person(name) {
override fun sayHello() = "Privet ot $name"

Properties with accessors:
class Person(val name: String, var age: Int) {
var birthYear: Int
get() = LocalDate.now().year - age
set(value) {
age = LocalDate.now().year - value

Autogenerated equals(), hashCode(), toString(), copy():
data class Person(val name: String, var age: Int)
val olderPerson = person.copy(age = person.age + 1)

Higher Order Functions

filter() and map():
val adultList = persons
.filter { it.age >= 18 }
.map { "${it.name} is ${it.age} years old" }

use() (replaces Java’s try with resources):
fun printLines(file: File) {
file.inputStream().bufferedReader().use { reader ->
for (line in reader.lineSequence()) {

Adding Kotlin to Gradle

Regular project:
buildscript {
// …
ext.kotlin_version = ''
dependencies {
classpath "org.jetbrains.kotlin" +
apply plugin: 'kotlin'
dependencies {
compile "org.jetbrains.kotlin:kotlin-stdlib-jre8"

Android project (buildscript block is same as above):
apply plugin: 'com.android.application'
apply plugin: 'kotlin-android'
dependencies {
compile "org.jetbrains.kotlin:kotlin-stdlib-jre7"



Sessions about Kotlin at JAX London 2017

Keep the JVM – Ditch Java

11 Oct 2017
15:15 – 16:05

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