Tuesday, November 01, 2005

RadRails - A Ruby on Rails IDE

I've installed the of 0.4 version of RadRails. It seems to be a simplified version of the Eclipse IDE but customized toward Ruby & Rails development work. If you're a Java person and used to using Eclipse, this seems like a no-brainer to get up and running with Rails. My only caveat is that it may not be a good long term IDE for learning ruby and rails. This is not so much because of the IDE itself, as there hasn't been a Ruby IDE that competes. Rather it's that you may not break out of some Javathink as soon. But that's pure speculation on my part.


Regarding upcoming IDE news for Ruby, ActiveState is doing quite a bit of work to support Ruby in their Komodo IDE. I'm looking forward to it.


I've gotten fairly used to TextMate and VIM on my Powerbook, but it would be wonderful to have some intelligence helping me out with dynamic languages.


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