Welcome early-early adopters!
Ruby and Rails are getting more and more popular in the community and well known editors start to get into the business for our pleasure!
While my editor of choice for Java has always been Idea (since v2.6 about 6 years ago) as I always found their product avantgardist and really userfriendly and codingfriendly, I wanted to see what was going on in the Rails / Ruby world where I was historically using RadRails and SciTe because of the lack of serious competitors. The simple editors like vim (for the nostaligcs) or SciTE are likely to fit your needs for short and simple scripts but a full IDE is always better to have when you are working on a more important project. The Ruby language itself eliminated a lot of features you would need from an IDE in other languages like Java (For example I am thinking about the Generating Getters / Setters from fields that you get directly with the attr accessors or some long live template public static final String …). The absence of type and the dynamism makes it also impossible for IDEs to do some operations you would do on typed static language (like Java).
Firstly you must notice that apart from RadRails which has been into Rails / Ruby editing for some time, Idea and NetBeans support for Ruby is really fresh (officially) so you should be lenient. You’ll also observe those IDEs tested here are all written in Java (as Plugins). Now you can wonder why not in Ruby ? There are several reasons I guess, notably a lack of serious good looking cross platform gui framework in Ruby (Tk is far from swing and swt quality and anyway it is not Ruby anyway even if that’s the easiest interface to plug with Ruby or Python); Also making an IDE from a well proven platforms guarantees that you’ll benefit from the history and quality of existing software features.
You should also try those IDEs by yourself as an IDE is a day-to-day tool that you learn to use and adopt with time and not with some simple test. That’s why here I’ll mainly compare features.
Archive for the ‘netbeans’ Category
Welcome early-early adopters!
As stated in my blog, I am having a look at the most well-known Ruby / Rails IDE competitors.
Thus I had a try on NetBeans after seeing screenshot and features from Tor’s weblog, and after having played in Java with UML Module from NetBeans which I found good, I’ll blog about that later…
So, version we will install :
NetBeans 6 Daily Snapshot (I tried from 20070211 to 20070221). For the moment Ruby support is only available for early adopters in the snapshot releases. It was released lately as 6.0 Milestone 7 (and you’ll wait for M8 for some more features). Modules I installed (with version I have at the moment) :
- Common Scripting Language API/Support 0.13.0/0.14.0.1.126.96.36.199
- Embedded Ruby 0.10.0, JRuby Implementation 0.92.3, Rake-Based Project Support 0.10.0, Ruby IDE Support 0.16.0, Ruby On Rails 1.16.0, Ruby on Rails Project Support 0.13.0, Ruby Projects 0.14.0.1
But latest releases with some more fix/features come with :
- Common Scripting Language API/Support 0.14.0/0.17.0.1.188.8.131.52
- Embedded Ruby 0.11.0, JRuby Implementation 0.92.4, Rake-Based Project Support 0.10.0, Ruby IDE Support 0.20.0, Ruby On Rails 1.1600.0, Ruby on Rails Project Support 0.16.0, Ruby Projects 0.17.0.1
You should notice that NetBeans doesn’t show up when you’re running Beryl on Linux, after switching back to KDE Windows Manager you’ll be able to see the window (You can switch back to Beryl Window Manager after), this a known issue with Java (either 1.5 and 1.6) and Beryl.
Once you installed NetBeans Snpashot (or M07), you’ll need to install the Modules :
– Tools / Update Center / Development Update Center (If you don’t have it available you didn’t download a snapshot release).
When you will try to create a rails project directly after NetBeans install and plugin-install you would end with the error :
rubygems.rb:301:in `report_activate_error': Could not find RubyGem activesupport (= 1.3.1) (Gem::LoadError)
The gems activesupport and activerecord are missing, I found it rather strange as I had them installed on my machine.
In fact NetBeans Ruby Module is using an embedded JRuby, that come with some gems (rails, actionmailer…) used for your future NetBeans Ruby / Rails projects. I wonder why activesupport and activerecord have not been included, but anyway with our project we will need to complete this rubygems repository. It’s important to get that well set as it will be scanned and some features like autocompletion will be based on it.
There is an option in Tools / Options / Miscellaneous / Ruby Application to configure Ruby binaries used by the module.
Still options won’t be saved on Windows, you have to manually edit \.netbeans\dev\config\Preferences\org\netbeans\modules\ruby\project.properties to point to your binaries :
ie, for me :
Congratulations! You are ready, you can relaunch NetBeans and enjoy!
At first launch, the plugin will index Ruby SDK and gems thus taking some minutes.
You’ll find Project Mailing List here.
[EDIT] You can ignore the following workaround as it seems to be corrected with latest versions of the Module since I reported it.[EDIT]