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Mirah is an open-source programming language that compiles to Java bytecode. It was developed by Charles Nutter, the creator of JRuby, and released in 2010 as an alternative to other JVM languages like Java and Scala. Mirah's syntax resembles Ruby but with a more explicit type declaration system that allows for better performance optimization at compile time without sacrificing expressiveness. The language integrates seamlessly with existing Java libraries and frameworks while providing a cleaner syntax than raw Java code. Mirah is particularly suited for Android development due to its ability to generate efficient bytecode while offering a more concise syntax compared to traditional Android APIs written in Java.