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Article: Book Excerpt and Interview: Aptana RadRails, An IDE for Rails Development

Aptana RadRails: An IDE for Rails Development by Javier Ramírez discusses the latest Aptana RadRails IDE, a development environment for creating Ruby on Rails applications. As described on the official website:

A comprehensive guide to using RadRails to develop your Ruby on Rails projects in a professional and productive manner

  • Comprehensive guide to using RadRails during the whole development cycle
  • Code Assistance, Graphical Debugger, Testing, Integrated Console
  • Manage your gems, plug-ins, servers, generators, and Rake tasks
  • Rails 2.0-ready
  • Includes a chapter about Subversion and Database integration
  • Smart Code Assistants for HTML, JavaScript, and CSS

The book's publisher, Packt Publishing, also provided InfoQ with an excerpt from Chapter 7 of the book, entitled RadRails Views.

From the interview:

Robert Bazinet (RB): Could you please give us an overview of what this book is about?

Javier Ramírez (JR): In a nutshell, this book shows you how to get the best out of the Aptana RadRails Community Edition IDE. It doesn't teach you to program in Ruby or to develop web applications with Ruby on Rails, but how to use Aptana RadRails for doing those tasks faster and more easily.

The book starts with some quick instructions on how to install the IDE and with an overview of the workbench, which is very rich in features and can be a bit intimidating at first glance. Then it shows you how to create a very simple application to get the reader familiar with many of the most frequently used features, but at a very superficial level.

After the first steps, the book will take the user to a in-depth explanation of each of the RadRails tools: the Ruby Development tools, the debugger, the HTML/JavaScript/CSS built-in features, a comprehensive guide to all the relevant configuration options and so on.

The last chapter explains how to further extend Aptana RadRails capabilities by using third-party plug-ins. In this chapter, I explain how to use two of these external plug-ins to integrate Aptana RadRails with Subversion and with the database of your choice.

Read the interview in its entirety : Book Excerpt and Interview : Aptana RadRails, An IDE for Rails Development

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