Android-Kotlin Digest #2 – Basic Types

itscoderslife profile image Damodar Shenoy Originally published at itscoderslife.wordpress.com on ・1 min read

Back again with Kotlin I learnt.

Kotlin runs on Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Syntax for declaring variables:

Mutable: var name: Type = value

Immutable: val name: Type = value

Type Bit width
Double 64
Float 32
Long 64
Int 32
Short 16
Byte 8

Kotlin 1.1 supports underscores ( _ ) in numeric values for readability:

val mySalary = 1_000_000

val myCreditCardBill = 20_000

Difference between == and === :

val a : Int = 10

val b : Int = 10

(a == b) // gives true

(a === b) // gives true

Note: Here primitive types are compared.

When the primitive types are nullable it is turned into references and following is the result:

val a : Int? = 10

val b : Int? = 10

(a == b) // gives true

(a === b) // gives false

Note: Here a and b becomes references and hence comparision with === results false.

Type converters:



A raw string is delimited by a triple quote ( “”” ), contains no escaping and can contain newlines and any other characters:

val text = “””

for (c in “foo”)



You can remove leading whitespace with trimMargin() function:

val text = “””

|Tell me and I forget.

|Teach me and I remember.

|Involve me and I learn.

|(Benjamin Franklin)


— Happy Coding —

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Damodar Shenoy


Mobile App Developer. Working as iOS developer with Obj-C / Swift. Learning Android development. Full-stack enthusiast. All things tech. Exploring Machine Learning.


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