There's been a couple really good threads that are still ongoing about Ruby IDEs in general and ArachnoRuby, Komodo, and Eclipse/RDT in particular. I've been following these threads very closely because I'm writing an article for O'Reilly on Ruby IDEs, and so far these threads have been really helping me collect information for this article. So, What I'd like to do is to consolidate everyone's opinion in a single thread both for my benefit, and your's, too. I'm mostly interested in cross-platform IDEs that are available on Windows, Linux and OSX. Of the IDEs that you have actually used. What are your favorite features of each one (especially those you find essential), and what things or omissions do you find annoying? I'd like to keep this discussions to real features that actually exist in today's IDE, and leave out stuff that we only wish would be there. Thanks, Curt
on 2005-12-07 23:13
on 2005-12-08 00:20
Curt H. wrote: > So, What I'd like to do is to consolidate everyone's opinion in a single > thread both for my benefit, and your's, too. I messed with RDT, but, Eclipse has been ugly bloatware (this thread is about OPINIONs right?) since day 0. So, I got rid of that pretty fast. Junk. Tried Komodo when it was Beta, on Mac OS X; was impressed and immediately purchased a personal copy. Really, the price can't be beat! Now I use it occasionally on both Win32 and OS X for both Python and Ruby debugging. Only complaint, the Ruby debugger is TOO SLOW. It's worked OK for me so far, but I haven't debugged anything major. I did start a Rails WEBrick up in it once - that took a bit! Note, I only use it as a debugger. I use TextMate on OS X and Visual Slickedit on Win32 for editing. Have NOT tried ArachnoRuby, but based on the other debugger thread, I'm going to have to take a look at it soon! --Steve
on 2005-12-08 01:38
On Wed, 07 Dec 2005 21:13:11 -0000, Curt H. <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > So, What I'd like to do is to consolidate everyone's opinion in a single > thread both for my benefit, and your's, too. > So far I've stuck with Eclipse, I used Java / C++ tooling previously so RDT just slotted in, and I'm pretty impressed with it. I know it has a reputation as slow and buggy, but I've found neither to be the case - Admittedly I've had bad builds of Eclipse in the past but I've stuck with 3.1.0 and it stays up 24/7 (literally). That said, I use vim a lot too for single scripts, my 'tryout' stuff, and configs etc. I have four virtual desktops, with Eclipse, Vim, bash and Opera. Eclipse kind of handles 'the project', but I'll often walk around after running rake for example to do some small updates with vim and then refresh into Eclipse. The main pluses of RDT for me are: * The Ruby outline is *very* useful. * Test::Unit integration works nicely (as far as I've pushed it up to now, at least). * Sits nicely with JDT and CDT, I can have the three perspectives open at once if necessary. Very handy today when I've been getting a handle on the libxml/libxslt binding project. * CVS support is a boon. I used to do everything from the command-line, honestly I did. But there's just so much less to remember, and it's nice to be able to browse repositories, get diffs, run compares and everything all in one place. Sorry... ;) * Eclipse's secret weapon - local history. I don't use this as much as I should, but it's still saved my life more than once. * Software update features that work, and even keep everything version consistent, most of the time. Also, the debugger seems to work okay, though I've not used it outside of playing with it. Generally, I hate debuggers, and integrated debuggers are even worse :( A few cons I can think of: * RI view doesn't work, though I suspect that's down to faulty or incomplete Ruby 1.8.3 packages on Fedora, because it doesn't work properly from the command-line either (it's missing a lot of docs). * It has once or twice lost control of Ruby processes started with Run. Again though, I tend to do this from a shell anyway. I have to temper this by saying that I've not seriously tried the others (better the devil you know and all that), but then I've not found any reason to thus far. Ross (Platform: x86-linux)
on 2005-12-08 02:29
I've tried the following on Win XP TextPad + IRB My first staggering steps. Made some minor web pages in Rails. Inserted <breakpoint> in the code. Bad experience after working with VB.NET for some years in Visual Studio. Realised I needed a good IDE and more Ruby knowledge. RadRails 0.4.1 I still don't know if it's debugger works or not. Not much functionality. Komodo 3.5.1 This is the one that starts the fan on my laptop. I'm writing this while I'm waiting for it hitting my first breakpoint. 100% CPU, amazing. 197 times slower than ArachnoRuby. It seems to be related to requiring library code. ArachnoRuby 0.6.5 Finally found the point where I don't need to search more. The debugging speed is similar to full execution speed. So much functionality. The debugger shows me all local variables, instance variables and self. And this in all stack frames! Other nice features: Local backup, Diff, Merge, Code templates, Electric braces, Code folding, Color coded syntax etc. The only thing I'm missing is "Go to Definition". Warning: it is completely without docs. But, I still love it! It's a perfect wrapper for a wonderful language! This is done by one german guy in Eiffel on Fox. And he is offering the same stuff for Perl, PHP and Python as well. It has the BMW feeling. Christer N.
on 2005-12-08 02:35
uh ... as far as "he is offering the same stuff for perl, php, and python" ... that's a *WILL* offer ... Lothar is currently focused on Ruby... and hasn't released anything to support the other languages. j. On 12/7/05, Christer N. <email@example.com> wrote: > I still don't know if it's debugger works or not. Not much > speed is similar to full execution speed. So much functionality. The > > -- > Posted via http://www.ruby-forum.com/. > > -- "Remember. Understand. Believe. Yield! -> http://ruby-lang.org" Jeff W.
on 2005-12-08 02:45
jeff.darklight wrote: > uh ... as far as "he is offering the same stuff for perl, php, and > python" > ... that's a *WILL* offer ... Lothar is currently focused on Ruby... and > hasn't released anything to support the other languages. ...checking the web site. Yes, you are right. In that case I think he should forget the other languages, as Ruby has a lot of momentum at the moment. Actually, the web site did not convince me, neither the first time I saw it, nor now. I dislike seeing all these "Coming soon..." pages. Thanks for the update, Jeff. Christer
on 2005-12-08 20:39
On 12/7/05, Curt H. <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Of the IDEs that you have actually used. What are your > favorite features of each one (especially those you find > essential), and what things or omissions do you find > annoying? I use the jEdit Ruby Editor Plugin (http://www.jedit.org/ruby/) for editing Ruby, most recently for a Rails project I'm working on. Essential: - Syntax highlighting and syntax error checking. - Edit history navigation: I can recurse back over my edit location history with a keybinding. - Auto indent and insert end: on hitting the enter key it adds the 'end' keyword if necessary and indents your code as appropriate. - Source code available under the GPL license. Other favourites: - Integrated RDoc viewer: easy browsing of RDocs for system types, main stdlibs, and Ruby on Rails code. - Quote and bracket completion: adds closing quotes, etc - Structure browser - Type-based code completion: good in the situations when it works, shows docs in RDoc viewer as you cursor up and down the completion popup. - Progressive selection: good for incrementally selecting code with a keybinding. - Extract variable refactoring: available in an upcoming release. ;) Favourites from core jEdit or other plugins: - Split panes - Autocompletion of HTML/XML elements via XML plugin - XPath expression evaluator via XSLT plugin - Visual diffs via JDiff plugin - Project managment via Project Viewer plugin Don't use so often: - File structure navigation popup: good for quickly navigating the structure of unfamiliar Ruby code - Scope highlighting - Code folding - Code markers Annoying: - Code-completion doesn't always recognize that it's in a position where it should be able to complete code, seems to occur when at the end of a long line of code. Cheers, Rob Disclaimer: I'm currently the sole author of the jEdit Ruby Editor Plugin. However there have been over 7,000 unique visitors to the download page, an average of 30 a day. I'm not tracking actual downloads at present.
on 2005-12-08 21:57
Curt H. wrote: > Linux and OSX. Of the IDEs that you have actually used. What are your > favorite features of each one (especially those you find essential), and > what things or omissions do you find annoying? > > I'd like to keep this discussions to real features that actually exist in > today's IDE, and leave out stuff that we only wish would be there. > > Thanks, > Curt OK, promoting OS X snobbery, but i think of the (small) group of python/ruby/C/perl-capable editors: vim,(whatever kinda) emacs,komodo, textmate, jedit, eclipse (Wing? Arachno?) textmate has the nicest default syntax coloring, komodo and arachno throw a lot of colors up (and Komodo doesn't quite get it 100%, e.g. meth names in singleton and class method definitions, but it works quite well): http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2005-...
on 2005-12-08 21:57
On 12/8/05, Gene T. <email@example.com> wrote: > me > > > vim,(whatever kinda) emacs,komodo, textmate, jedit, eclipse > (Wing? Arachno?) > > textmate has the nicest default syntax coloring, komodo and arachno > throw a lot of colors up (and Komodo doesn't quite get it 100%, e.g. > meth names in singleton and class method definitions, but it works > quite well): > > http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2005-... Actually, I'd say that ArachnoRuby throws up a lot of colors. Komodo is fairly conservative in its use of color. Curt
on 2005-12-08 22:01
Curt H. wrote: > > > O'Reilly on Ruby IDEs, and so far these threads have been really helping > > > what things or omissions do you find annoying? > > > > Actually, I'd say that ArachnoRuby throws up a lot of colors. Komodo is > fairly conservative in its use of color. > > Curt i use the dark background Komodo default, the white background default is too washed out on a CRT (remember CRTs?) Sometimes I spew code out for a while, then have to hunt for an unmatched paren, single-quote, whatever, so I'll stare at it in vim,emacs, komodo, arachno, eric, ... Good to have more than 1 monitor.