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With the recent huge success of Android devices, more and more developers are interested in writing Android apps. And not all of them are Java developers or want to learn Java to write for Android. Easier to learn and more productive languages start to become compelling to this wider developer audience. To say nothing of the murky future of Java’s legal status in Android.
One such language is Ruby (widely noted as the fastest growing community of current programming languages). There are now multiple options for writing Ruby apps for Android. We will demonstrate writing a native Android app with the open source framework Rhodes, which includes the first Android Ruby implementation, written in the NDK to bypass Java entirely. We also show writing an app with Ruboto, which runs on the Android Java stack. Finally we will discuss how the Embedded Ruby project may affect future Android Ruby development with both of these options.