Kotlin and Node.js - Server-Side Development

Kotlin can be used for server-side development in combination with Node.js, providing a powerful and expressive language for building web servers and APIs. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to get started with Kotlin on the server side using Node.js.

Setting Up Your Environment

Before you start, make sure you have Kotlin and Node.js installed on your system. You'll also need an integrated development environment (IDE) like IntelliJ IDEA or Visual Studio Code to write and run your Kotlin code.

Creating a Simple Kotlin/Node.js Server

Let's create a basic Kotlin/Node.js server that listens on a port and responds with a "Hello, Kotlin/Node.js!" message when accessed:

1. Create a new directory for your project and navigate to it in your terminal.

2. Initialize a Node.js project by running the following command:

npm init -y

This command creates a `package.json` file for your project.

3. Install the Kotlin/Node.js runtime by running:

npm install kotlin-node

4. Create a Kotlin file for your server, for example, `app.kt`:

import kotlin.node.http.*
fun main() {
val server = createServer { req, res ->
res.statusCode = 200
res.setHeader("Content-Type", "text/plain")
res.end("Hello, Kotlin/Node.js!\n")
server.listen(8080) {
console.log("Server listening on port 8080")

This Kotlin code uses the `kotlin.node` library to create a basic HTTP server that listens on port 8080 and responds with a "Hello, Kotlin/Node.js!" message.

5. Run your Kotlin/Node.js server by executing the following command:

npx kotlin-node app.kt

Your server should be running, and you can access it by opening a web browser and navigating to `http://localhost:8080`. You should see the "Hello, Kotlin/Node.js!" message.


Kotlin and Node.js can be a powerful combination for server-side development. This example demonstrates the basics of creating a simple server, but you can expand it to include more advanced features, routing, database integration, and API development.

Happy coding with Kotlin and Node.js for server-side development!