[bisq-network/bisq] convert source code to kotlin (#3026)

Leo Wandersleb notifications at github.com
Thu Aug 29 02:25:36 UTC 2019

> By converting to Kotlin we expect newcomers to understand **both** Java **and** Kotlin.
> Bisq is already a very demanding project: Java 10/12, JavaFx, advanced Bitcoin, security, p2p / Tor / anonymity, cryptography, "decentralized UX", and what not.

Java developers that started using Kotlin, don't want to go back. It's just so much better. So if we convert to Kotlin, we would not require Java anymore (although I assume the number of people familiar with Kotlin who don't know Java is negligible).

On the other hand, Kotlin doesn't only reduce boilerplate by a **lot**, it also has way superior null-safety.

Reduced boilerplate **is** security and null-safety is stability.

Lastly, conversion can be done very quickly and the reviewer can reproduce the conversion to reduce the diff to the functional changes.

I would highly recommend to at least allow new files to be in Kotlin and encourage to change files that are being worked on to Kotlin. Switching the whole code base to Kotlin would make it easier to review (3 devs do it and look at what differences they come out with, after resolving the trivial issues that normally result from automatic conversion. They would have to refrain from axing all the remaining boilerplate right away in a first big conversion.)

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