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13 Nov

Hello Android - Pindah (with Mirah) Application


Did you install the Android SDK / JDK, etc?  If not, start here - http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html.
If you're running 64-bit like me, make sure to install the ia32-libs, since the SDK is 32-bit.


This is completely based on the Hello Android tutorial - I didn't really do a whole lot, but the hope is that this will help get some more ruby devs into android development with a simple how-to.

Step 1 - Setup RVM with jruby


Note: RVM is awesome, if you don't use it or don't know about it - read more here.


rvm install jruby
cd /path/to/your/android/pindah/mirah/project/dir/
# using your .rvmrc will trigger `rvm use jruby` when you cd into your project dir.
echo "rvm use jruby" > .rvmrc
# this will make sure your .rvmrc is working, you should then be able
# to use rvm info and see jruby
cd .


Step 2 - Install the mirah and pindah gems


# too easy
gem install mirah pindah


Step 3 - Create your first pindah app


pindah create com.example.android.hello_world
cd hello_world


Step 4 - Create your activity - HelloAndroid.mirah


# from your project dir and inside your pindah app dir
<editor> src/com/example/android/hello_world/HelloWorld.mirah

This is the code I used:


Step 5 - Setup your AndroidManifest.xml file


This is where you define your app, version, name, etc, but more importantly for this example - what activity will handle your main intent.
Mine looks like this:


Step 6 - Install to your device


# make sure a device is recognized  ...
# and make sure adb is in your path (platform-tools in the SDK)
adb devices
rake install




10 Nov

Playing with Mirah


Mirah (formally duby) is pretty freaking cool.   Plans are to scrap java and use mirah for future android development, we'll see.  Here's a rough example of some pretty basic mirah.

To get started, you'll need jruby and the mirah gem:

rvm install jruby
rvm use jruby (or put in your .rvmrc)
gem install mirah


Then create an example:

puts "hello world!!"
500.times do |x|
  puts x
end


Time in ruby:

time ruby test.mirah

...
=> .457s

Compile to Java and time:

mirahc test.mirah
time java Test

....
=> .081s

Less than 1/5 the time and it compiles to Java ... neat :)

mirahc -j test.mirah

// Generated from test.mirah
public class Test extends java.lang.Object {
  public static void main(java.lang.String[] argv) {
    int __xform_tmp_1 = 0;
    int __xform_tmp_2 = 0;
    int x = 0;
    java.io.PrintStream temp$1 = java.lang.System.out;
    temp$1.println("hello world");
    __xform_tmp_1 = 0;
    __xform_tmp_2 = 500;
    label2:
    while ((__xform_tmp_1 < __xform_tmp_2)) {
      x = __xform_tmp_1;
      label3:
       {
        java.io.PrintStream temp$4 = java.lang.System.out;
        temp$4.println(x);
      }
      __xform_tmp_1 = (__xform_tmp_1 + 1);
    }
  }
}