Kotlin vs. Groovy: Which Language to Choose

A growing range of fields and general advancements in technologies push programming languages to constant improvement and adaptation to the present-day needs. Now we have a bunch of languages serving different purposes: some of them emerged as an independent project, while others bud off from established and well-known languages.

The colossus of Java, for example, has a number of offspring; some of them have proved to be a success. One of them, Kotlin, was backed by Google as the official language for Android development in 2017 and was reported to be the second most loved and wanted a programming language in 2018 Stack OverFlow survey and remains in Top 5 in this year’s survey. Another successful member of Java-based languages is Groovy that is gaining popularity among developers. At the same time, the 2018 Stack OverFlow survey listed Groovy among the most dreaded languages. In this setting, it seems unfair to compare the languages, but let’s see whether Groovy is so dreadful compared to Kotlin and, generally, which of them to choose as another addition to your bag of skills.



Kotlin is developed by Jetbrains — a company well-known in the Java world for its IDE named IntelliJ IDEA — and open sourced in 2012. It is …

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