Chapter 2. Kotlin basics

This chapter covers

  • Declaring functions, variables, classes, enums, and properties
  • Control structures in Kotlin
  • Smart casts
  • Throwing and handling exceptions

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to declare in Kotlin the essential elements of any program: variables, functions, and classes. Along the way, you’ll get acquainted with the concept of properties in Kotlin.

You’ll learn how to use different control structures in Kotlin. They’re mostly similar to those that are familiar to you from Java, but enhanced in important ways.

We’ll introduce the concept of smart casts, which combine a type check and a cast into one operation. Finally, we’ll talk about exception handling. By the end of this chapter, you’ll be able ...

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