@kpgalligan shared Quizlet's Medium post, Shared Code at Quizlet: Deciding on Kotlin Multiplatform, the day it dropped.
I then discovered @ankushg had already let that cat out of the bag nearly 2 months earlier:
Ankush Gupta@koush @pnut22r Plenty of folks use @Kotlin for more than Android!
The same expressiveness, safety, and LOC wins are why @quizlet uses it for our new JVM backend services. We also use Kotlin Multiplatform to share business logic across iOS (Native), Web (JS), and ofc Android 🙃23:32 PM - 05 Oct 2019
I'm a fan of the term "platform citizen" but it's probably a coincidence that they used it too:
Kotlin Multiplatform promises the ability to write code in Kotlin and have it run as a first-class citizen on each platform.
But here are my favorite takeaways:
For many businesses, requiring internet connectivity for core product features might be a very reasonable requirement! Quizlet however has a particularly strong affinity for mobile users with limited Internet access.
By focusing our shared code efforts on code based around state management and control flow, we saved our engineering team countless person-hours with minimal time spent on cross-platform threading or concurrency concerns.
these issues resulted in an ecosystem where frontend web developers might have felt comfortable writing shared code, but mobile developers certainly did not feel comfortable consuming it.
We were able to write our most critical business logic in one place, ship it across multiple platforms, and unblock our resource-constrained native mobile teams. Most importantly, we were able to do this without committing to writing our entire client with the same framework.
even our frontend web engineers found themselves impressed by Kotlin.
In early 2019, Quizlet migrated all of our shared code over to Kotlin Multiplatform, and we are using it in production to serve over 50 million monthly active users.
Please read the whole thing: Shared Code at Quizlet: Deciding on Kotlin Multiplatform
And checkout their mention in the KotlinConf Keynote alongside a several other great examples of Kotlin Multiplatform in production
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