Python, Lua and BeanShell: Google's New Android Scripting

Jun 12, 2009

The Android Scripting Environment (ASE) is under Apache 2.0 licensing and should soon have Ruby and JavaScript support.

Linux mavens would be pleased with ASE. It provides them access to many Android APIS without needing the complete development framework for full-fledged Android applications. The ASE will initially support the three languages Python, Lua and BeanShell. Ruby and JavaScript will be next.

The scripts allow the likes of starting activities, making phone calls, sending text messages and scanning barcodes. They support the text-to-speech capabilities of the Android OS. Moreover, BeanShell can talk directly with the Android Java API.

The ASE is currently in alpha. Further details, useful examples and downloads are on the Android-Scripting webpage.

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