Pacific Northwest Software Symposium

November 8 - 10, 2019

Kotlin Fundamentals

Friday - Nov 8 5:00 PM

Kenneth Kousen

Kenneth Kousen

President, Kousen IT, Inc.

Learn the basic syntax and semantics for the Kotlin programming language. Kotlin is an alternative JVM language that provides null safety, static typing, and powerful IDE support. This talk will emphasize the relationships between Kotlin and Java, highlighting the differences in types, functional programming, collections, and more.

Demonstrations will include:

  • how to transform Kotlin code to view the equivalent Java
  • how to work with classes, interfaces, and objects
  • how to use collections, streams, and sequences

and much more.

About Kenneth Kousen

Ken Kousen is a Java Champion, Oracle Groundbreaker Ambassador, and a Grails Rock Star. He is the author of the O'Reilly books “Modern Java Recipes” and “Gradle Recipes for Android” and the Manning book “Making Java Groovy”. He also has recorded over a dozen video courses for the O'Reilly Learning Platform, covering topics related to Android, Spring, Java, Groovy, Grails, and Gradle.

In 2013, 2016, and 2017 he won a JavaOne Rockstar award. His academic background include BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from M.I.T., an MA and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton, and an MS in Computer Science from R.P.I. He is currently President of Kousen IT, Inc., based in Connecticut.