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Suggestion: merge the Kotlin and Android forums

 
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to unify this forum with Android.
At the moment nobody do cross platform mobile, nor web dev/backend with kotlin, in future maybe, but seen the lack of participation( only my questions) would be better to put it in the Android forum imo.
Same moderator, and the Android forum would become a bit more advanced
 
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Kotlin is a language, Android a platform - there are clear differences in the types of questions that are appropriate for each forum. While the traffic may be lacking at the moment (which is true for quite a few forums on this site), I suspect that may change sooner rather than later for an up-and-coming language like Kotlin. And, as you point out, it can be used not just on Android, which would further muddle the contents of a combined Kotlin/Android forum.
 
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I'm very interested in Kotlin (and several other JVM languages) but have zero interest in the Android (or iOS) platform so I would not be in favor of merging the forums.
 
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Thank you Tim and Sean for your feedback.

I see the differentiation between platform and language, and also the specific interests for the language.
Hope to see soon more activity. In theory Kotlin could become the new Java, but will depend in my opinion  by hybrid cross mobile platform scenario.
If ReactJS will win as native react, Kotlin will die, and Scala will become the new backend standard.
If instead Google will be able to effectively give cross platform with Kotlin(Flutter will not have any hope) then there will be more and more interest in Kotlin also as backend/front end platform, actually already exists a version that mimics Spring Boot.

On the other side we have to admit that 99.5% of the applications of Kotlin are today made for to the Android world. And although Kotlin is the standard de facto for Android development since the two years official announcement, in the android forum we have,  the snippets are only in Java because the Android forum is undoubtedly just for beginners questions. And this is a pity because you can find any kind of beginner Android questions in stack overflow, instead javaranch for the amazing service it does to the community could gather some really skilled talent and stimulate much more advanced Android questions, as architecture, testing, under the hood libraries, SDK discussions. Anyway great community here, is always a pleasure to write and also trying to help.


 
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