今天，Kotlin 官方博客正式发布了 Kotlin 1.3，还附带了一些开源库、构建工具和学习资源。
在这次更新中，协程（Coroutines）特性已经稳定，它使得非阻塞代码易于读写，Kotlin 1.3 还带来了 Kotlin / Native Beta，它可将 Kotlin 代码直接编译为本机二进制文件，此外，Kotlin 的跨平台功能将为 Android 和 iOS 应用程序等组件之间共享业务逻辑，服务器也可以与 Web 和移动客户端共享逻辑，而且多平台库让日常的开发变得便捷。
今年以来，Kotlin 的使用率有了很大的增长，自今年 1 月份以来，约有 150 万开发者使用了 Kolin 编程，是去年同期的两倍，来自 Stack Overflow 的一项问卷调查显示，超过 10 万名受调者表示 Kotlin 是他们的第二大编程语言。
目前，Kotlin 开源社区创建了很多优秀的库，如 RxKotlin、mockito-kotlin、TornadoFX、Kodein 和ΛRROW。而诸如 Square’s Okio 和 LibreOffice 这样的项目已经开始逐渐迁移到 Kotlin 上来，这些预示着 Kotlin 生态系统正逐渐走向成熟。
详解 Kotlin 1.3 新功能
Coroutines 是 Kotlin 1.1 引入新的异步 API，它是一个强大的工具，之前该特性一直处于试验阶段，而在最新的 v1.3 中，Coroutines 语法和标准库 API 都已稳定，你可以开始使用它了。
Kotlin / Native Beta
Kotlin / Native 使用 LLVM 将 Kotlin 源代码编译为独立的二进制文件（无需 VM），它适用于各种操作系统和 CPU 架构，包括 iOS、Linux、Windows、Mac 甚至 WebAssembly 和嵌入式系统（如 STM32），它具有全自动内存管理功能，支持与 C、Objective-C（和 Swift）互操作。
Kotlin 1.3 还附带了一组多平台库，涵盖了 HTTP、序列化和协同管理等日常任务。编写多平台代码最简单的方法是依赖这些库，你还可以创建自己的多平台库，将特定平台的依赖项包装到通用 API 中。
支持内联类（ inline classes） 支持无符号整型 支持 Kotlin/JS 增量编译 标准库支持扩展到 Kotlin / Native等
What’s new in Kotlin 1.3
Kotlin 1.3’s contracts are an experimental addition meant to enrich the type information available through the function system with additional meanings useful at the call site. A contract lets a function tell the compiler things such as “I affect smart casts this way” or “I execute this lambda exactly once.” The Kotlin standard library already has contracts added to several functions, which work regardless of experimental flags.
Other new features in Kotlin 1.3 include:
The coroutines capability is in stable status, meaning there have been changes in the APIs and ABIs based on feedback. There is migration support to bridge old, experimental coroutines with new ones. Also, introspection is supported for
In the standard library, support has been improved for unsigned integer types. Unsigned types and arrays should feel more like first-class citizens.
With an API improvement in the standard library, the
Randomclass introduced in the previous beta has gained extensions to generate unsigned numbers and arrays and unsigned bytes. Also, an extension called
random()is being introduced for collections, arrays, and ranges to obtain a random element from elements of that collection, array, or range.
An API has been added to
kotlin-reflectthat can enumerate direct subtypes of a
Automatic mangling is being introduced for names of functions that use inline classes in their signatures. This prevents platform signature crashes when there are several overloads that are different just in the inline type but not in the carrier type. Mangling also forbids accidental use from Java, which may be undesirable because inline classes are a purely Kotlin concept.
Support for older source language versions is being deprecated, through the
-language-version-flag with values 1.0 and 1.1 for kotlinc-1.3 and above. This change only affects compilation of source code for old target versions.
Code can be compiled to native binaries, via a beta of Kotlin/Native. Kotlin/Native uses LLVM compiler technology to compile Kotlin sources to standalone binaries for iOS, Linux, Windows, MacOS, and WebAssembly.
Multiplatform capabilities let business logic be shared among components on supported platforms, such as Android and iOS.
Kotlin 1.3 Tools for Kotlin/Native and multiplatform projects, available in the community and ultimate editions of the JetBrains IntelliJ Idea IDE, as well as in the Android Studio IDE. For Android Studio, use Plugin Manager to upgrade to Kotlin 1.3.
A sequence debugger to visualize lazy computations.
Experimental support for unsigned integers, which can assist with byte manipulation and other low-level code.
Experimental support for inline classes, for performance and type safety.
Kotlin 1.3 released with stable coroutines, multiplatform projects and more
In the Kotlin 1.3 release, coroutines are now stable, scalability is better, and Kotlin/Native Beta is added.
Coroutines are stable in Kotlin 1.3
Coroutines provide a way to write non-blocking asynchronous code that’s easy to understand. It is a useful tool for activities ranging from offloading work onto background workers to implementing complicated network protocols. The kotlinx.coroutines library hits is at 1.0. It provides a solid foundation for managing asynchronous jobs various scales including composition, cancelation, exception handling and UI-specific use cases.
Kotlin/Native makes use of LLVM to compile Kotlin sources into standalone binaries without any VM required. Various operating systems and CPU architectures including iOS, Linux, Windows, and Mac are supported. The support extends to even WebAssembly and embedded systems like STM32. Kotlin/Native has a fully automatic memory management and can interoperate with C, Objective-C, and Swift. It exposes platform APIs like Core Foundation, POSIX, and any other native library of choice.
The Kotlin/Native runtime promotes immutable data and blocks any attempts of sharing unprotected mutable state between threads. Threads don’t exist for Kotlin/Native, they are abstracted away as a low-level implementation. Threads are replaced by workers which are a safe and manageable way of achieving concurrency.
Multiplatform projects in Kotlin 1.3
Tooling support for Kotlin/Native and Multiplatform
Kotlin 1.3 has tooling support for Kotlin/Native and multiplatform projects. This is available in IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition, IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, and Android Studio. All of the code editing features such as error highlighting, code completion, navigation and refactoring are available in all these IDEs.
Ktor 1.0 Beta
Ktor is a connected applications framework. It implements the entire HTTP stack asynchronously using coroutines and has reached Beta.
Some other features in Kotlin 1.3 release include experimental support for inline classes, incremental compilation for Kotlin/JS, and unsigned integers. This release also features a sequence debugger for visualizing lazy computations, contracts to improve static analysis for library calls, and no-arg entry point to provide a cleaner experience for new users.
To know more details about all the changes, visit the changelog.
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