Free IDEs

What is the general feelings on the best free Ruby IDE

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Netbeans and Aptana.

I spend more than a few hours every day using NetBeans.

Netbeans ! It just works !!! 6.01 is current 6.1 is under development... http://wiki.netbeans.org/NB61NewAndNoteWorthy cheers, Dave

I ditched Aptana's Ruby/Rails plugin (formerly RadRails) for NetBeans several months ago and won't go back.

Netbeans FTW!

Roger Berger wrote:

What is the general feelings on the best free Ruby IDE

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I have never used NetBeans but I do use Aptana and every once in a while it just freaks out and does some strange stuff. It's free but I'm almost to the point that I might start looking for something better or might actually (gulp) pay for something. There's my two cents.

-S

Roger Berger wrote:

What is the general feelings on the best free Ruby IDE

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I have never used NetBeans but I do use Aptana and every once in a while it just freaks out and does some strange stuff. It's free but I'm almost to the point that I might start looking for something better or might actually (gulp) pay for something. There's my two cents.

I used aptana a while back, and some of my colleagues were using it recently and it was pretty rocky. It's not that it basically didn't work, and some things are very nice (eg the subversion integration), but every now and again it would decide to 'rebuild the workspace' for 2 minute, or you'd double click on a file to edit it and it would just hang for 10 seconds. It doesn't suit everyone, but personally I love textmate.

Fred

In our company we switched from Aptana to Netbeans.

The only thing I'm missing from Aptana/Eclipse is the work with SVN repositories. I still use Aptana/Eclipse for some management tasks for SVN.

Stanislav Bozhkov wrote:

In our company we switched from Aptana to Netbeans.

The only thing I'm missing from Aptana/Eclipse is the work with SVN repositories. I still use Aptana/Eclipse for some management tasks for SVN.

Netbeans/ROR works very well with Subversion, at least on Windows. All you need is the command line subversion client tools installed.

Gary Doades wrote:

Netbeans/ROR works very well with Subversion, at least on Windows. All you need is the command line subversion client tools installed.

Indeed. I often use Netbeans' subversion integration. Works great for me.

This is why we switched Aptana=>NetBeans. Eclipse+Aptana+Rails pack is a memory hog, very slow to start up, and several features (e.g., plugins) either don't work or only work intermittently. While I don't love everything about NetBeans (they need to provide a way to pass args to rake tasks for one) everything they do works all the time and it's much more resource friendly.

I've been using NetBeans for about 6 months and have generally been happy with it, but it is at an awkward point in its evolution. The latest released version, 6.0.1, has a number of serious bugs regarding how it supports ruby gems (especially problematic on OS X) and perhaps as a side effect of this it tries to use Rails 1 scaffolds even in a Rails 2 app, which makes a mess. If you're not on a Mac, this might not affect you.

It looks like 6.1 will be a lot better, but the current milestone build has a number of new bugs that make it problematic for me, including frequent crashes. I tried a daily build this weekend and it failed on me within minutes.

So while I like NetBeans, I'd be careful about starting with it until 6.1 is formally released, especially if you are on a Mac.

One thing I've learned while reading their mailing lists -- the NetBeans developers, for the most part, don't use Macs, and don't develop Rails apps, which explains a lot of the issues this IDE has.

Personally, I'm thinking of finally going to TextMate, which is what my colleagues have been telling me to do for some time...

Michael Slater www.BuildingWebApps.com

Yes, lately the daily builds are worse in my experience, currently I cannot even create a project from existing sources, even if I remove any auxiliar directories in the system to start afresh.