Introduction to Kotlin Multiplatform
Using the Kotlin language to program logic that can be used on all platforms of your app, it creates common logic that the native UI of any app can call upon.
KMP is really about pragmatic programming to help meet the growing demand to develop mobile applications on multiple platforms – a clean, clear way to avoid having to write the code twice.
The philosophy that has driven Kotlin since its inception is about enabling developers to code for all platforms. Kotlin is a modern language that allows you to develop applications more cohesively, and dovetails with native platforms on Java, iOS, and the web, so you can build on what’s already been coded. You focus on sharing code that is data, business, or presentation logic, and leave platform-specific components to be implemented natively.
It’s important to note that multiplatform does not mean compiling all code for all platforms. In mobile app programming, for example, you determine which modules are platform-specific and which are common to Android and iOS. Those which you identify as common to both can be programmed using KMP, writing in Kotlin Native.
KMP is a low-risk way to avoid repeating logic to develop applications for iOS and Android more expeditiously and effectively. Ultimately, KMP leads to better code overall. And it’s one of the many reasons why Touchlab is now fully committed to Kotlin as the most viable way forward for development teams today.
As a programming language, Kotlin keeps growing in popularity throughout the world, and with the introduction of Kotlin Multiplatform (KMP), there’s been more and more chatter among the mobile developer community about the possibilities it can bring.
Users’ needs are the same, whether they’re using an Android or an iOS device. Development teams, however, remain siloed by discipline, whether they’re programming for web or Android or iOS.
So, as a software development team, you have some challenging questions. Can you provide consistent quality on all devices when you have different development teams with varying skillsets developing the same apps for different devices? And can you ultimately justify the amount of time, budget, and resources it takes to produce viable solutions? We believe KMP is the best possible way to answer to these questions.