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Mirah is a new JVM language that offers Ruby-like syntax, type inference, closures, metaprogramming, and macros. It lets you write expressive code without the penalty of requiring its own runtime environment. As such, it is very well-suited for platforms in which introducing additional runtimes would be impractical; to wit, Android devices.
This talk will introduce using Mirah for Android development by way of the following topics:
The best Android apps are those that tightly integrate with the platform and other applications. Unlike many other platforms, in Android this capability is available to any application developer; Android is designed for users to hop from app to app seamlessly and for data to be ubiquitous and shareable, not kept in silos accessible only from the home screen.
In this talk we’ll take a tour of integration points available to the Android application developer. We’ll touch on opportunities to integrate tightly with the platform itself and with the built-in applications; on consuming data and services from other apps; on exposing your own app’s data and services for consumption; and on providing convenient entry points into your app itself.
by Eric Burke
Android is a challenging platform. The market is full of ugly applications that crash the instant you hold your phone sideways. We can do better! Through working code examples, this talk shows how to make amazing Android applications that defy expectations.
We won’t waste any time on Hello, World in this session. Beginners may be exposed to uncomfortably realistic code, lifted directly from a world class Android application.
18th–20th September 2011