Effective Kotlin: General Programming

Let’s see how we can apply Joshua Bloch’s Effective Java in the Kotlin world. Today’s topic is General Programming.

Item 57: Minimize the scope of local variables

In Kotlin, we can use standard functions such as let() for minimize the scope, e.g.:

getAReference().let { ref ->
  ...
}
// the reference is no longer visible here

Item 58: Prefer for-each loops to traditional for loops

In Kotlin, we can also use forEach() or other extension functions to loop over a collection.

Item 59: Know and use the libraries

There is nothing special in Kotlin for this item.

Item 60: A void float and double if exact answers are required

There is nothing special in Kotlin for this item.

Item 61: Prefer primitive types to boxed primitives

Note that in Kotlin, non nullable types like Int are translated into primitive types like int, while nullable types like Int? are translated to boxed primitives like Integer.

Item 62: Avoid strings where other types are more appropriate

There is nothing special in Kotlin for this item.

Item 63: Beware the performance of string concatenation

There is nothing special in Kotlin for this item.

Item 64: Refer to objects by their interfaces

There is nothing special in Kotlin for this item.

Item 65: Prefer interfaces to reflection

There is nothing special in Kotlin for this item.

Item 66: Use native methods judiciously

There is nothing special in Kotlin for this item.

Item 67: Optimize judiciously

There is nothing special in Kotlin for this item.

Item 68: Adhere to generally accepted naming conventions

Coding style for Kotlin can be found here.


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