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Why Kotlin Is Exploding in Popularity Among Young Developers


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A Stack Overflow survey identified Kotlin as the second-most-popular coding language among software developers after Rust.

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Software developer JetBrains' Kotlin is the second-most-popular coding language among software developers after Rust, according to a Stack Overflow survey of 2,744 Kotlin developers.

The poll estimates Kotlin's usage doubled annually from 2011 to 2015, when Square adopted the language.

In May 2017, Google made Kotlin an official Android language with complete support, followed by a surge of adoption by Android users, especially students and newer developers.

Of the polled Kotlin developers who are actively working, more than 60% said they currently use Kotlin in work projects, while about 55% said they use Kotlin exclusively for side projects.

Respondents listed null safety, extension functions, and Java interoperability as their favorite Kotlin features.

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