September 2013 Route 9 Ruby: Ruboto - Develop for Android in Ruby

Our next meetup will be Wednesday, September 18 @ 5:30PM at's office in Framingham. As usual, there will be some food, beer, and socializing and then the talks start around 6PM. This month, Gerard Fowley will be presenting ...

Ruboto: Develop for Android in Ruby

Android applications are usually written in Java to run in a JVM on a device. Ruboto leverages jRuby to execute your Ruby code in that JVM and provides access to the Android application environment. We'll talk about the Ruboto and Android application environment, how to set up a dev environment on Linux/OSX+Homebrew, and write, package, and deploy a demo app to an emulator and real device.

About Gerard Fowley

Gerard is a self-employed IT & Security consultant at Iqeo with 20 years experience advising clients, designing, and implementing IT solutions. Gerard develops software primarily in support of IT consulting, including embedded systems, applications to support network and security assessment, and small web applications; in languages from Assembler to Java and Ruby. He has been playing with Ruby on Android for a year, is a (small) contributer to the Ruboto project, and created the Android Ruboto Documentation collaboration project.

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  • Gerard

    I will demonstrate the setup of a Ruboto dev environment on Ubuntu Linux (live and without a net). The process is also compatible with OS X when Homebrew (or your favorite unix-like package manager) is available to install dependencies of the Android SDK and RVM (or your favorite Ruby version manager).

    A Ruby version manager is highly recommended as you will be installing JRuby and JRuby-compatible gems. You probably don't want them messing up your current Ruby environment.

    So, if you wish to follow along live, please have Java 6/7 and something like Homebrew ( and RVM ( already installed.

    If all goes well, by the end of the evening you'll have a Ruboto dev envionment, a demo app ready for Google Play, and an idea of how to write Ruby apps for Android.

    Looking forward to it.


    September 17, 2013

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