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In 2018 the Kotlin community, centered around a programming language co-created by ITMO University graduates, grew at an unprecedented pace. This past January, some 1.5 million users have edited their code in Kotlin, which is more than twice compared to last year’s numbers. The amount of knowledge is growing, too, and thus it’s becoming much easier to earn the language. We asked Roman Elizarov, the Team Lead for Kotlin libraries at JetBrains and a tutor at ITMO University’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty, about the best ways to learn Kotlin quickly and efficiently.
Several years ago, ITMO University graduate Andrey Breslav joined the development team of the international company JetBrains, where he oversees the creation of a new programming language Kotlin. In the past year alone, Kotlin has been used by more than two million developers worldwide; it has also become an official programming language for Android, and set its sights on entering the top-five of world’s most popular programming languages in the near future. In parallel to his work at JetBrains, Andrey is busy running his own project, service app Alter, which helps users find a personal psychotherapist based on a special searching algorithm. In his recent open interview held as part of the project ‘Everything Is Possible in St. Petersburg’, Andrey shared about how to develop a new programming language from scratch, create a global product being based in St. Petersburg, and still squeeze out some time for other activities.
In early July the “Medialogia” company published a ranking of Russian universities for May 2017. The ranking traces universities’ success in representing themselves through mass media. It is the first time that ITMO University appeared in the list, ranking ninth from the get-go. Also appearing among the Top-10 are: the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Higher School of Economics, and other leading russian universities.
On July 4 the St. Petersburg office of Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper announced the thirteen winners of its “Media-Person of the Year – 2017” awards that are given to notable subjects of the year’s news stories. In summer, celebrities gather at Krestovsky Island for the award ceremony. One of this year’s winners is Andrey Stankevich - Associate Professor at ITMO’s Computer Technologies Department and coach for ITMO’s programming team. His protégés have become winners of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest on seven occasions – a world record that is yet to be broken.
Last month, ITMO University’s team, for the seventh time in history, was awarded the World Cup of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Today they were congratulated on their achievement in person by Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He met with the students in Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna. The meeting was also attended by Rector Vladimir Vasilyev, Vladimir Parfenov, Dean of Information Technologies and Programming Faculty, and Roman Elizarov, ITMO alumni and member of ACM ICPC’s organizational board.
The Kotlin programming language, developed by St. Petersburg company JetBrains, has become an official development language for Android, which was announced at Google’s recent I/O 17 Conference. Kotlin’s team is led by ITMO University alumnus Andrey Breslav. ITMO.NEWS asked the experts: why did the IT giant love Kotlin so much that they picked it out of the great number of other “young” languages? And why and how are new programming languages made?