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The main design goals behind this project are
The compiler is being developed alongside with an IntelliJ IDEA integration, so the users will get IDE support as soon as they get the compiler (first public version is planned for the end of 2011).
Why yet another language?
Evolution of Java is problematic due to legacy issues (e.g., closures are being postponed over and over again), so the community is looking for more state-of-the-art alternatives.
Andrey is the lead language designer in Project Kotlin. He started his career at Borland working on language implementations for MDA support. He spent a few years teaching in college and developed courses in Basics of OOP, Software Design and Programming Practice. Andrey joined JetBrains to start Project Kotlin in 2010. He serves as a Java Community Process expert in a group working on JSR-335 (“Project Lambda”).
Andrey is a frequent conference speaker delivering talks at venues like OSCON, StrangeLoop and Devoxx.