A TypeScript Fan's KotlinJS Adventures • Eamonn Boyle & Garth Gilmour • GOTO 2021

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This presentation was recorded at GOTO Copenhagen 2021. #GOTOcon #GOTOcph
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Eamonn Boyle - Software Trainer at Instil
Garth Gilmour - Head Of Learning at Instil

ABSTRACT
At Instil Software they standardize on Kotlin for server-side development. Within the training team, they offer a Kotlin native workshop, for which Garth and Eamonn wrote a Kotlin native version of the classic game Breakout.
Being massive TypeScript fans, it would always be their language of choice when working on JavaScript platforms. They didn't feel the drive to switch to other languages that transpile to JS such as Fable (F#), Scala.js, or even KotlinJS, as they always saw Kotlin on the JVM as the solution to a problem, the problem being Java.
They will make use of React, Redux and use React Three Fiber for WebGL graphics. Moreover, they will explore what this transition to KotlinJS is like for a TypeScript fanboy and try to answer some questions along the way.
You'll learn how the tooling, libraries and language features compare, what things tripped up and whether you should switch and use it on [...]

TIMECODES
00:00 Intro
03:29 Experiment: Is KotlinJS worth it?
10:12 Round 1: Community
14:21 Round 2: Interop with JavaScript
17:46 Round 3: JSX vs DSL
29:34 Round 4: Async await vs coroutines
32:02 Round 5: Elegant syntax
34:22 Conclusion
36:17 Game changer 1: Potential new language features
37:31 Game changer 2: Compose for web
38:35 Outro

Download slides and read the full abstract here:
https://gotocph.com/2021/sessions/1895/a-typescript-fans-kotlinjs-adventures

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Dan Vanderkam • Effective TypeScript • https://amzn.to/3DBmCib
Nathan Rozentals • Mastering TypeScript • https://amzn.to/2V4LYUt
Venkat Subramaniam • Programming Kotlin • https://amzn.to/2MIC8D1
Venkat Subramaniam • Functional Programming in Java • https://amzn.to/3bzFNNQ
Venkat Subramaniam • Pragmatic Scala • https://amzn.to/3oIEq35
Venkat Subramaniam • Test-Driving JavaScript Applications • https://amzn.to/3i9CbmW

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