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JRuby: Calling Ruby's ActiveRecord from Java Using the Bean Scripting Framework

Published: 25 Jul 2007

Here we need to use the Bean Scripting Framework (BSF) since Java 5 doesn’t have the built-in scripting support that Java 6 has. I will also use 2 helper classes ( and provided by For brevity I will leave out the source of the helper classes and concentrate on the actual code to make a call to a Ruby script from Java:

Line 31: initializes an empty ArrayList that will be passed into the Ruby script. Line 32: declares (or registers) the books by name which can then be referenced in the Ruby script. Line 33: actually executes the Ruby script. Lines 36-40: just looping over the books and printing the titles.

Here I’ve created an arjava directory under the Rails plugins directory:


is the script called from Java:


defines the book Ruby object and extends ActiveRecord::Base


is just a script to test the models.rb dependency.

For simplicity and just to prove the call to Ruby’s ActiveRecord will work from Java, I setup an Ant target to test it:

That’s it for now. For a good write-up on ActiveRecord, Bruce Tate wrote an article on developerWorks: “Crossing borders: Exploring ActiveRecord”

Tags: #jruby#active-record#bsf#java