JRuby: Calling Ruby's ActiveRecord from Java Using the Bean Scripting Framework
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 (JRubyHelper.java and BSFHelper.java) provided by ociweb.com. 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
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”