# announcements


05/22/2017, 8:43 AM
Hello everyone. I just heard about Kotlin yesterday! I've always been scared of Java and Android.. But the rush of this new language makes me want to learn it.. My question is if it's possible to become a Kotlin and Android programmer without learning Java first? I'm a Python Programmer


05/22/2017, 9:21 AM
Welcome! There are lots of Kotlin devs without previous Java experience. People come with C#, Swift, Python backgrounds. So yes, it is totally possible, and you are not alone
Don't hesitate to ask (even simple) questions at #getting-started
IMO, after you understand the Java setup (InteliJ, Maven), K is a piece of cake
You don't need Java as such, but you'll have to read Java to use 3rd-party libraries
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05/22/2017, 1:06 PM
@princekweks I think Python to Kotlin works just fine, you'll be happier with that jump and skipping Java.
Especially for Android you have a more limited ecosystem so the Java part is less important. You really need: Kotlin Gradle Android And stack overflow contains a fair amount of Kotlin content, and the Kotlin docs at are nicely done, along with having references to other resources and books.
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