Is CodeGear's 3rdRail dead or dormant?

Hello everyone,

I have to decide whether or not to re-up my subscription to Codegear/
3rdRail. I bought a fully licensed copy back in Sep/2007 and the
subscription is nearly up. I know it this may sound funny but I
finally got the chance to sit down and start learning it this week
despite the fact I bought it nearly a year ago. Much to my shock,
when I went to the official support forum on the Embarcodero
Technologies site (they bought the 3rdRail group out) there were a
total of 2 threads posted in the 3rdRail section. The only other
forum I could find was on CodeVerge and that one doesn't have any
messages after March 2008. I'm used to seeing literally hundreds of
threads and messages on an active developer's board.

So am I wasting my time with 3rdRail? I am a long time fan of
Borland's IDE products which is where 3rdRail began (Borland), and I
paid for a full version, but if it's a dead horse that could actually
get in the way of finding contract work once I'm up to speed, I need
to know now.

If it is dead, please post the most popular IDE tools that people are
using and that are being requested for in Rails/Help Wanted requests
or a link to a web page or article that delineates them. If 3rdRail
is not, please post the URL of a forum or group where I can find a
healthy level of discourse activity

Thanks,
Robert

You'll probably be better off with Netbeans, RadRails or Komodo.

roschler wrote:

Hello everyone,

please post the most popular IDE tools that people are
using and that are being requested for in Rails/Help Wanted requests
or a link to a web page or article that delineates them. If 3rdRail
is not, please post the URL of a forum or group where I can find a
healthy level of discourse activity

If you have come from a Delphi background, you might appreciate the
drag+drop designer of our IDE, Ruby In Steel. Naturally we also do
IntelliSense, fast debugging and all the rest :wink:

I was a long-time Delphi programmer myself (for 10 years I was the
Delphi columnist for PC Plus magazine in the UK) and so integrated
visual design was one of my personal priorities when we began work on
Ruby In Steel. You can get a flavour of this on the web site:

http://www.sapphiresteel.com/GUI-Drag-and-Drop-Development-For

Note that, Ruby In Steel is fully integrated into Visual Studio. If you
aren't already a Visual Studio user, we also supply a complete
all-in-one version of Ruby In Steel with Visual Studio 2008 (Ruby
language only) at no additional cost. Try it out. The free trial lasts
for 60 days:

http://www.sapphiresteel.com/spip?page=download

And please feel free to drop in on the forum and ask any questions you
may have. Our forum is pretty active:

http://www.sapphiresteel.com/forum/

best wishes
Huw Collingbourne

SapphireSteel Software
Ruby and Rails In Visual Studio
http://www.sapphiresteel.com