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15. February 2018


Kotlin is a new open source language being developed by JetBrains, the folks behind such IDEs was IntelliJ, WebStorm, CLion and tools like ReSharper.  Version 0.6 of Kotlin Native was just released yesterday with support for Java 9, Objective-C container interop improved debugging and of course several bug fixes and improvements.  Kotlin is a JVM based language that essentially aims to be a better Java, more expressive with less typing while fixing a number of the languages warts.  Kotlin/Native is the technology that enables you to compile Kotlin apps directly with no need for a VM.

Kotlin

Details of the release from the Github page:

Support multiplatform projects (expect/actual) in compiler and Gradle plugin

  • Support first embedded target (STM32 board)
  • Support Kotlin 1.2.20
  • Support Java 9
  • Support Gradle 4.5
  • Transparent Objective-C/Kotlin container classes interoperability
  • Produce optimized WebAssembly binaries (10x smaller than it used to be)
  • Improved APIs for object transfer between threads and workers
  • Allow exporting top level C function in reverse interop with @cname annotation
  • Supported debugging of code with inline functions
  • Multiple bugfixes and performance optimizations

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