Is Kotlin 1.8 Released?

Not Yet

Kotlin 1.8 is planned to be released in November 2022

Meet Kotlin 1.8

  • Kotlin for JVM server-side development
  • Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile
  • Enhanced Pseudo-Random Number Generators
  • Fast turnaround
  • New compiler
  • Fast and smooth IDE

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About Kotlin

Kotlin is a cross-platform, statically typed, general-purpose programming language.
Kotlin is a programming language with very close ties to Java, which we will explain further in the piece. It is a static-type language developed in 2011 by JetBrains, in their Saint Petersburg, Russia offices.

Kotlin looks to improve upon the Java programming language while keeping arguably its most important and useful factor, the fact that previously developed and written code and runs on different platforms as long as they run the Java Virtual Machine. Some developers around the world have started to adopt Kotlin because of its simple syntax, not requiring semicolons, and being simply shorter and better to work with than Java code. It becomes simpler to debug, and it is more friendly for beginners to start implementing their ideas into code. It is compatible with Java, which means that it shares many of its applications and people use them for similar purposes. Nevertheless, Kotlin has one very popular and mainstream application that has already taken over most of the alternative programming languages: Android app development. Over 60% of developers utilize this language to program everything from simple apps to complex mobile games for the popular mobile platform.

Kotlin has many interesting particularities, as it works around many of the issues and beginner user hurdles that Java accidentally implemented with its creation. It has good functional programming capacities, which moves it away from the sometimes restrictive object-oriented programming environment that Java adamantly enforces. Kotlin is simply more compact and concise, and a good example is string templates. While in Java one must go through some trouble to insert results or other string variables into a given string (essentially string concatenation), Kotlin supports template expressions in strings that allow for way simpler coding for the same result. Features aside, in 2019 Google encouraged developers to utilize Kotlin in place of Java, which gave it a huge push towards Android adoption, but also for general software development. This reinforces the advantages a simpler system brings to create more and more complex programs.

Releases

The current Kotlin release is 1.5.10, released in May of 2021. No less than a month before that, we had Kotlin 1.5.0, which shows how committed the team is to fix any issues with the language and consistently update it.