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Netbeans Ruby Support: A Detailed Walkthrough by Roman Strobl

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.

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  • Good stuff from Tor

    by Dan Tines,

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    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,

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    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,

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    Feel free to use Pydev, the Eclipse-based IDE for Python:
    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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