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Netbeans Ruby Support: A Detailed Walkthrough by Roman Strobl

by Scott Delap on Oct 22, 2007 |
The Ruby IDE space has heated up in recent months with the release of 3rdRail from CodeGear and continued Eclipse DLTK enhancements. Sun has also put a large investment into Ruby in the last year with JRuby and the addition of Ruby language support to their Netbeans IDE.  InfoQ will be featuring a series of articles by Netbeans Evangelist Roman Strobl exploring the new Ruby features of Netbeans.  The first article takes a look at code completion, debugging, and refactoring support.

Article -  NetBeans: Ruby Developer's New Best Friend

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Good stuff from Tor by Dan Tines

The Ruby plugin coupled with the Vi plugin makes working on Rails projects in Netbeans a real pleasure.

Dynamic languages - Yes, but why Ruby? by Zeev B

I guess that Sun decided to invest in Ruby because of the big RoR hype in the past couple of years.
I think that there is a more suitable dynamic language that has a JVM implementation and a very dedicated community. It is used a lot throughout the industry for example, Google uses it a lot (and it is even used inside Sun). This language arrives with a lot of useful built-in libraries and there are a lot of other open source libraries and frameworks to choose from. It is used to build big web sites such as YouTube and it is also used a lot by system administrators that want an easy and productive way to create scripts. You probably guessed by now that I am talking about the Python programming language.
Although very different from Java I find Python is in tune with the Java culture :

1. Readability and explicitness - both Java and Python endorse clean readable code that explicitly states what is being done. Ruby reminds me of Perl - a "write only" language

2. Matureness- Python and Java are of almost the same age. They are mature languages that proved themselves again and again in production systems.

3. Vibrant community - both platforms have a devoted community and community process.

4. Open source libraries - both platforms have a lot of libraries and frameworks available (a result of points 2 and 3).

As a Java developer using a lot of Python/Jython nowadays, I am disappointed that Sun chose not to invest in supporting this popular and productive programming language. I think that NetBeans is loosing an opportiunity to hook up with this wonderful community which is missing a high quality IDE such as NetBeans.





Re: Dynamic languages - Yes, but why Ruby? by Werner Schuster

Feel free to use Pydev, the Eclipse-based IDE for Python:
pydev.sourceforge.net/
Which is very advanced, with support for debugging, auto complete, and all those things we're used to from the Eclipse JDT.

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