Online vs offline IDE

I am aware that Rubyists prefer to use Sublimetext, Vim or TextMate and
I
personally like Atom (which is open source), but I got used to studying
Ruby on Rails with an IDE and personally found it useful, although I
suppose I mainly appreciate the integrated terminal and I have no other
experience.

So far I have been studying Ruby on Rails with Cloud9, an offline IDE.
With an online IDE there are limitations (due to price and features),
and I
would like to know whether or not it would be wiser and preferable to
develop offline and what would be the advantages and disadvantages of an
offline development as opposed to an online IDE. As far as I am
concerned I
found really useful that with Cloud9 you can close your computer, login
into your workspace after one month and find it as it was before: would
that be possible while developing offline, or it is necessary to reload
the
environment any time the machine is turned on?

I read a previous post
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/rubyonrails-talk/ide|sort:relevance/rubyonrails-talk/Is3qLr6FG6A/bU4XUO71sVYJ,
dated 2013, and made some internet research and found that the best
options
for an offline IDE could be RubyMine and Aptana Studio 3.
Considering that RubyMine is not the best solution for pennyless
developers
(unless you would suggest it is a forsighted investment), I am
interested
in Aptana Studio 3: is there a big difference with RubyMine? Is there
anyone of you who know Aptana Studio 3 and would suggest it (or advice
against)?

Many thanks in advance

Both Rubymine and Aptana can be a bit slow / bloated, and they do have
different feature levels (last time I looked). As they are both Java
based you gain the benefit of the introspection which allows the
intelligent completion of method name.

The choice of an IDE is subjective, as is any editor, I use Atom at home
and vim at work, but that is because my work code is in a controlled
environment for security reasons.

I used to use Rubymine, but now they have gone to a monthly subscription
model it seems less attractive

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 9:21:34 AM UTC+1, Mike wrote:

I am wondering if a painless transition from an IDE to the use of
editor +
terminal
is possible, especially for beginners like me that have
started
to study with an online IDE.
To be honest I would be inclined to make this transition, since I really
like Atom, and as far as I have understood what remains to fill the gap
with an IDE is the use of the terminal in a separate window. I would not
mind to switch from Atom to the Ubuntu terminal: is this the only
difference? The discomfort of switching windows?
I am wondering this as an inexperienced user, perhaps I am still unable
to
understand what is behind an online and an offline IDE.

As I said, not considering the disadvantages (customizable paid service,
which means low resources if you are short of money), what strikes me
most
of an online IDE is the possibility to login whenever you please into
your
workspace and find it as you left it, without the need to reload your
environment (I am thinking for instance about version control with git
and
the chance that I have to use a different computer): how far would I be
from these benefits if I choose to develop offline?

On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 8:05 AM, ‘krfg’ via Ruby on Rails: Talk
[email protected] wrote:

I am wondering if a painless transition from an IDE to the use of editor +
terminal is possible, especially for beginners like me that have started to
study with an online IDE.

Painless? Probably not. Worth while? Probably :slight_smile:

As I said, not considering the disadvantages (customizable paid service,
which means low resources if you are short of money), what strikes me most
of an online IDE is the possibility to login whenever you please into your
workspace and find it as you left it, without the need to reload your
environment (I am thinking for instance about version control with git and
the chance that I have to use a different computer): how far would I be from
these benefits if I choose to develop offline?

As already mentioned, the choice of an IDE/editor is very individual.
What suits your own workflow, now and as it evolves with experience?

Try everything - most commercial products have at least some free
trial period - and see what feels best.

Good luck!

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