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Our first meetup: Practical Kotlin + Beyond "Better Java"

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Talk #1: Practical Kotlin - let's forget about Java for a moment
by Artur Czopek

You have probably already heard about Kotlin. But why it is better than other JVM languages? What Kotlin has that Java does not? What Kotlin has in common with JavaScript? Why do Android developers love Kotlin? You can find answers for all these questions in my presentation. I will show you basic Kotlin rules, its main conceptions and how to use this language on a daily basis. Finally, we will try to create a real-life application based on Kotlin and Spring Boot.


Artur Czopek is a Full-stack Java Developer @ Metrosoft in Poland and blogger @ He still improves his skills as a developer by learning new technologies and as a speaker by sharing his knowledge with other enthusiastic programmers. In free time, Artur creates tutorial about Kotlin and loves physical activity like running or gym workout.

Talk #2: Beyond "Better Java"
by Paweł Marks

Kotlin is often advertised as "The better Java". While it is true that you can create more safe, readable and concise code using the same toolset as in Java, it is not the whole story. Kotlin is a language with its own idioms and style. In my talk I would like to show you several small features of Kotlin's standard library and language itself that may prove how elegant and fun to write Kotlin can be. It will be good introduction for those who are just starting their adventure with Kotlin. More experienced developers may also find something useful in this talk as I will share my experience with mentioned features and associated idioms.


Paweł Marks is Kotlin Developer @ Virtuslab. He is also main maintainer of Eclipse Kotlin Plugin. He loves to get to know new programming languages, compare them and rant about them. Privately he is interested in linguistics, history and enjoys surreal memes.

VirtusLab is the founding sponsor of Kraków Kotlin User Group.