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Ruby Support in Visual Studio Coming

| by Obie Fernandez Follow 0 Followers on Jul 18, 2006. Estimated reading time: less than one minute |
The developers involved in the Sapphire in Steel project are incorporating as SapphireSteel Software and will market a commercial plugin for VisualStudio to be named "Ruby in Steel". The plugin will give enterprise users a familiar environment for working with Ruby files and Ruby on Rails projects.

The current beta version of Sapphire in Steel provides an editing environment for Ruby programs and comes with syntax coloring and the ability to run console applications with one keystroke. It also includes debugger support for breakpoints, watch variables, step-into/over, autos, and locals. Along with other features such as wizards for setting up MySQL database connections, Sapphire inevitably draws comparisons to the Eclipse-based RadRails. Will the familiarity of the Sapphire environment in VisualStudio appeal more to .NET developers than the free RadRails?

Sapphire in Steel does not include a Ruby runtime for Windows, available via the one-click installer.

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Wasted effort... by Todd P

Being a .Net developer with an interest in Ruby and other dynamic languages, I don't find it a big deal to install Eclipse and RadRails, or use another tool, like Komodo, for my Ruby development needs. Then again, think all those wizards in Visual Studio that help you set config file values are pretty useless...
Looking at the screenshot, why go thorugh all that effort to create Ruby on Rails projects with a Wizard. It's a lot easier just to type in "ruby app_name" and then edit the database yaml file.
Doesn't seem like this tool is going to enable anyone to do something that they already can't except save switching applications.
I will say, though, that if this makes moer .NET developers aware of Ruby, that's a good thing. Though, my skeptism says that the .NEt developers who rely on the Visual Studio wizards and drag and drop web development probably won't really get using Ruby.

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