Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Decaffeinated robots at Texas Linux Fest

In just a week and a half, I will be in Austin, Texas, presenting at Texas Linux Fest, a ‘state-wide, community-run conference for Linux and open source software users and enthusiasts from around the Lone Star State’.

My presentation, The decaffeinated robot: Developing on Android without Java, will present an overview of the current landscape for Android development without using Java, including HTML-based applications, alternative JVM languages, use of the native development tools (NDK), the Scripting Layer for Android (SL4A), and other development tools.

I have created a simple game that should allow you to compare implementations in different languages. I have completed the following:

  • Python using SL4A
  • Ruby using Ruboto
  • Clojure
  • Scala using sbt-android-plugin
  • Java with C snippets using the NDK and JNI

Time permitting, I may create more implementations.

So, for this and many more great sessions, register now for Texas Linux Fest in Austin, Texas, on 2 April 2011. Registrations start at $15, and there will be free Friday training sessions. I hope to see you there!