Concurrent Coroutines – Concurrency is not Parallelism

Concurrent Coroutines – Concurrency is not Parallelism

Kotlin, Software Development
On Kotlin Coroutines and how concurrency is different from parallelism The official docs describe Kotlin Coroutines as a tool "for asynchronous programming and more", especially are coroutines supposed to support us with "asynchronous or non-blocking programming". What exactly does this mean? How is "asynchrony" related to the terms "concurrency" and "parallelism", tags we hear about a lot in this context as well. In this article, we will see that coroutines are mostly concerned about concurrency and not primarily about parallelism. Coroutines provide sophisticated means which help us structure code to make it highly concurrently executable, also enabling parallelism, which isn't the default behavior though. If you don't understand the difference yet, don't worry about it, it will get clearer throughout the article. Many people, I included, struggle to make use…
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Web Applications with Kotlin ktor

Web Applications with Kotlin ktor

Functional Programming, Kotlin, Software Development, Web
Introduction Disclaimer: This ktor article was originally published in the Dzone Web Development Guide, which can be downloaded here. When Google made Kotlin an official language for Android a few months ago at Google I/O, the language gained much popularity in the Android world quickly. On the server side though, Kotlin is not as broadly adopted yet, and some people still seem to be cautious when backend services are involved. Other developers say that Kotlin is mature enough and we can safely use it for any server application in which Java could play a role otherwise. If you want to develop web apps with Kotlin, you can choose from various web frameworks like Spring MVC/WebFlux, Vert.x, Vaadin and basically everything available for the JVM. Besides the mentioned frameworks there's also…
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