What are the best Rails editors on linux?

Hello,

I usually use a Mac for Rails development, but may need to use Linux
for a job. I still love the vi keymappings, but would like something
that allows me to manage projects and files - i.e. similar level to
Textmate. What have people been having success with?

I would prefer not to use Eclipse or emacs variants.

Thanks.

I usually use a Mac for Rails development, but may need to use Linux
for a job.

Me too. Good choice!

I still love the vi keymappings, but would like something
that allows me to manage projects and files - i.e. similar level to
Textmate. What have people been having success with?

How about trying the various buffer/file explorer plugins that are available for Vim? I tried a few and the one I really like is bufexplorer:

http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=42

It doesn't provide a graphical view like TextMate's project drawer (or whatever it's called), but it is quick to pull up and gets out of your way when you don't need it.

I would prefer not to use Eclipse or emacs variants.

I couldn't possibly comment :slight_smile:

Regards,
Andy Stewart

Hi,

If you are running some gui then check out JEdit (http://
www.jedit.org). It is fast and have at ton of plugins that should help
you.

Regards,

Rasmus

Komode IDE is great! It supports vi keymappings, manages projects and
files, understands RHTML (correctly colors the ruby inside the HTML),
It also has method autocompletion and calltips. Even better, it has
debugging tools specifically for Ruby on Rails, and you can even
access irb within a debugging session to poke around at the state of
your app. You can also debug a remote app (way cool, but I haven't
tried this feature yet).

You didn't say if you were restricting your choice to free editors,
but if so, try the free Komodo Edit (http://www.activestate.com/
products/komodo_edit/features.plex) which retains the vi keymappings
and project/file management.

I like the three-pane view where you have your rails project, your
open file tabs, and the embedded browser running your app. Everytime
you save your changes the browser reloads to reflect your changes.

I don't understand why Komodo isn't discussed much here, as it is
definitely my preferred platform for Ruby development, and I've tried
just about all the linux options. I'd try TextMate on OSX given the
chance to work on OSX, but honestly I think I'd prefer the OSX version
of Komodo.

I usually use a Mac for Rails development, but may need to use Linux
for a job. I still love the vi keymappings, but would like something
that allows me to manage projects and files - i.e. similar level to
Textmate. What have people been having success with?

I don't use it (I'm happy with xterms and gvim with my own customizations,
which I happen to use on a Mac but could just as easily use on Windows or
Linux), but VimMate looks like it might suit you. See
http://vimmate.rubyforge.org/

I would prefer not to use Eclipse or emacs variants.
Thanks.

--Greg

this is quite an amazing rails addon for Vim:
http://rails.vim.tpope.net/

allows you to jump around your project with quick keys, auto-completion, etc. There’s a demo video link on the site.

ed

A co-worker can recommend Kate on KDE (http://kate-editor.org/)
Looks very nice, lightweight, and complete.
But I'll stick to Textmate on the Mac for now.