Getting ActiveRecord to behave nicely with Ruby-Processing in JRuby

Really, all I wanted to do was use Processing from Ruby. jashkenas has kindly written a gem which does just that. There was only a slight wrinkle: I wanted to pull my data from MySQL through ActiveRecord. Well, JRuby makes this process slightly more interesting than usual, so I document the process here. To start off with, install the gem with:

sudo gem install ruby-processing

Go into the directory where the ruby-processing gem is installed, and from there into {ruby-processing.gem.dir}/lib/core. In my case, this was /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/ruby-processing-1.0.9/lib/core.
Once inside there, you’ll find a file named jruby-complete.jar. Get rid of it, because we’ll be replacing it with a fresh (and different) version of jruby-complete.jar. Download the 1.6.3 version of JRuby-complete jar file. Rename it to jruby-complete.jar and put it in place of the jarfile we just deleted.

One step remains: this jarfile does not contain the activerecord-jdbcmysql-adapter gem. Install that with:

java -jar jruby-complete.jar -S gem install  activerecord-jdbcmysql-adapter --user-install

You’re good to go now. One more thing, just remember to replace the ActiveRecord adapter string with “jdbcmysql” and allow usage of that gem in your code with:

require 'arjdbc'

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