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Discussion on: 10 reasons to switch from Java to Kotlin right now!

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ • Edited on

Updating Kotlin is not the same as updating Java. In the second case you upgrade the virtual machine and hope for the best, which has been sometimes painful in the past, while when you update Kotlin you are still compiling bytecode for the same virtual machine, so you keep the same infrastructure.

And yes Java being a very mature technology has pros over Kotlin, for example the compiler is faster and static analysis tool are better. And hiring Java developers is easier, outside of the Android world, you may have to be OK with developers learning Kotlin on the job.

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Kenneth Gunnerud • Edited on

Yes, I agree with those premises. although I wish it came more apparent in the discussions between Java or Kotlin

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Dave

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you upgrade the virtual machine and hope for the best

That sounds painful to even read. Please tell me someone you work with has read, understood, considered and then tested the upgrade path, before just "hoping" it will work...