Kotlin is a new language that targets the Java platform; its programs run on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine), which puts it in the company of languages like Groovy, Scala, Jython, and Clojure, to name a few.
Kotlin is from JetBrains, the creators of IntelliJ, PyCharm, WebStorm, ReSharper, and other great development tools. In 2011, JetBrains unveiled Kotlin; the following year, they open-sourced Kotlin under the Apache 2 license.
- At Google I/O 2017, Google announced first-class support for Kotlin on the Android platform.
- Kotlin is the name of an island near St. Petersburg, where most of the Kotlin team members are located.
- Kotlin was named after an island, just like Java was named after the Indonesian island of Java.