Revolutionizing Mobile App Development with Kotlin Multiplatform

Revolutionizing Mobile App Development with Kotlin Multiplatform

Revolutionizing Mobile App Development with Kotlin Multiplatform

Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile is a cross platform technology in which we can share code between Android and IOS platform. KMM uses kotlin programming language & it becomes very popular among us due to its simple & expressive syntax.

Let’s explore the benefits of KMM and how it can helps us to write cross platform code more efficiently.

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What is KMM ?

KMM is multiplatform technique released in 2017 as part of Kotlin 1.2. It mainly based on WRITE ONCE RUN ANYWHERE approach and it takes this concept to the higher level in which you can target multiple platforms by writing a code once. It is used to develop applications for mobile (Android & IOS), it also supports Web & Desktop applications by sharing the code that allows each platform to develop its own UI and use a shared codebase that makes KMM very practical solution for developing enterprise solutions by sharing common codebase among all the other platforms.

KMM allows to write common code in kotlin for both Android and iOS platforms. This shared code can include data models, network apis, database access, and business logic. We can write platform specific code for UI & platform specific features.

Benefits of KMM

  1. We don’t have to write same code many times for multi platforms which reduces development time and effort.
  2. By sharing code between Android & IOS platform we can avoid duplicate coding which can improve code maintenance & reduce bugs.
  3. We can write code easily, faster & more efficiently.
  4. By sharing code between platforms we can focus on writing code for platform specific features which can speed up development.
  5. In KMM we use Kotlin code which has fewer errors and is more compressed than Java. kotlin is a modern language that offers null safety, type inference, and other features that can improve code quality & readability.
  6. KMM can help reduce app size which can improve app performance.
  7. It also offers native performance which means that shared code can run faster than code written in a cross-platform framework.

Step by step guide to create first Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile App

To get started with KMM, we need to have experience with the Kotlin programming language and Android development.

1) Install latest version of android studio which includes support for KMM.

android studio

2) Create a new KMM project in Android Studio.

Android Studio

3) Write shared code in Kotlin, which can include data models, network APIs, and business logic.

Kotlin Code

4) Write platform-specific code for UI and platform-specific features.

Kotlin File structure

5) Build and run the KMM app on both Android and iOS platforms.


Shared Module

KMM is better than other cross platforms like React Native. A decade ago, for startups and companies in the beginning of their digital journey had to prioritize whether to create applications on either Android or iOS platform first. With KMM, building and managing application on different platforms, operating systems and devices is faster now. It will be easy to start a new project with fewer engineers and it will definitely give a better experience when the app grows as it will be beneficial from native technology, we can share UI as well. So we can say that sharing the business logic helps to structure the code, KMM is definitely worth checking out.

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