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SPA-300: Introduction to the Kotlin language
Wed, June 1, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM BST
Refreshments and sandwiches from 18:00.
Kotlin, the new JVM language from IntelliJ, was released as version 1.0 on 15 February 2016 (as of early May, it was up to version 1.0.1-2).
It's ready for production use, and neatly fills a gap between the verbosity of Java 8 and the complexity of Scala, and even one of its most frequently used keywords is "fun". The tooling is also very good, so what's not to like?
In this session we introduce the Kotlin language through converting and then refactoring Java code. We’ll work as a mob through a structured series of exercises designed to familiarise us with the features and patterns of the language.
About the Presenters
Duncan McGregor has been programming professionally for 25 years. He was lucky enough to ride the Object-Oriented wave of the 90s, the Agile wave of the 00s, and what he is convinced will be called the Distributed-Functional wave of the, erm 10s.
When not writing about himself in the third person, Duncan codes, runs conference sessions on things that interest him, and throws his money away in entrepreneurial ventures. His blog is called What I Should Have Said.
Nat Pryce is a co-author of Growing Object-Oriented Software Guided by Tests. An early adopter of XP, he has written or contributed to several open source libraries and tools that support TDD and was one of the founding organizers of the London XP Day conference. He works programmer, architect, trainer, and consultant in a variety of industries, including e-commerce, media, telecoms, finance, retail and marketing communications. He has delivered business-critical systems that range from embedded devices to large compute farms supporting global business. His blog is named Mistaeks I Hav Made.