Mirah (formerly Duby), is a Ruby-inspired, statically-typed, lightweight, platform-agnostic language with backends for JVM bytecode, Java source, and more platforms planned. It borrows features from several static and dynamic languages, but with a twist: no runtime dependency on any additional library; everything is done at compile time. This makes Mirah more suitable as a “javac” replacement than any other mainstream JVM language, and will allow Mirah to be used anywhere Java (or its other backends) can be used. I’ll discuss design goals, status, futures, and show examples.
Charles Oliver Nutter has been programming most of his life, as a Java developer for the past decade and as a JRuby developer for over four years. He co-leads the JRuby project, an effort to bring the beauty of Ruby and the power of the JVM together. Charles believes in open source and open standards and hopes his efforts on JRuby and other languages will ensure the JVM remains the preferred open-source managed runtime for many years to come. Charles blogs at blog.headius.com and tweets as headius on Twitter.
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