RadRails vs. Textmate

Is there anyone out there can give me a comparison between RadRails/
Aptana and Textmate? I have been using skEdit for all of my general
coding stuff, but I am now looking into getting a new editor for my
Ruby/Rails work. I know that most Mac users swear by Textmate, but I
would really like to hear some comparisons between RadRails, Textmate,
and even skEdit as well.

What your thoughts and recommendations?

Cory

On Jun 6, 2007, at 9:47 AM, CPerry wrote:

I know that most Mac users swear by Textmate, but I would really
like to hear some comparisons between RadRails, Textmate, and even
skEdit as well.

RadRails is an IDE (or was… at this point it’s part of Aptana,
which is an IDE). TextMate is a text editor with lots of support for
software development. RadRails is built to understand Rails.
TextMate does that through bundles. RadRails feels like Eclipse.
TextMate feels like a Mac app. RadRails throws a lot of UI at you
out of the gate, and it takes a while to learn it all. TextMate
throws very little UI at you, and it takes a while to find the
features hidden under the covers. RadRails is free. TextMate is
free for 30 days.

-faisal

On Jun 6, 5:25 pm, Faisal N Jawdat [email protected] wrote:

-faisal
I’ve been looking for a good Rails IDE for a long time. I’m now using
RadRails, but that doesn’t qualify at all. Does Aptana support code
completion like Eclipse can for Java, or if that’s not possible, a
little more basic like Borland Delphi? The problem is, that I have
never seen any good code completion. When I type “render (:action =>”
I want to be able to press ctrl-space, and see all the actions. Or
when I type “.”, I want to see all the methods and attributes
of that model. Can this all be done with Aptana?

Please don’t forget about CodeGear’s RubyIDE offering. It is currently
in public beta phase and promises to be an outstanding development too
for Ruby & Rails.

Just one of the rich features available is the Commander feature. It
provides two-way access to the command prompt – meaning you can execute
script from the commander directly in the IDE vs. keeping a terminal
session open in the background. More than one commander can be opened,
btw. When using using tools in the IDE such as the wizards, the
commander show execution as though you ran the generate script from the
command line.

The RubyIDE will run on any platform Eclipse supports.

I have used just about every editor/IDE for Mac and must say that I come
back to TextMate every time. I have purchased Komodo and must say that
it
is great for Ruby stuff(amazing auto-complete) and find it a lot better
than
RadRails, but I still tend to use TextMate for everyday stuff. If you
want
a real powerful editor try Emacs with the Ruby/Rails packs installed and
the
zentest/autotest extensions, it makes for a great IDE/Editor. At the
end of
the day though, it is up to what you feel most comfortable with. I
choose
TextMate because I like it for Ruby work, I am a die hard Emacs man for
Lisp.

On 6/6/07, halfgaar [email protected] wrote:

features hidden under the covers. RadRails is free. TextMate is
when I type “.”, I want to see all the methods and attributes
of that model. Can this all be done with Aptana?


“Work hard to find something that fascinates you.” - Richard Feynman

On Jun 6, 2007, at 11:32 AM, halfgaar wrote:

I’ve been looking for a good Rails IDE for a long time. I’m now using
RadRails, but that doesn’t qualify at all.

I’m the wrong person to ask for details – I’ve never found an IDE
that seemed to help more than confound (and I was scarred by Pascal
Genie in my youth – mail me off list if you know what the heck I’m
talking about there). That said, it does seem the Aptana people are
moving the ball forward. You might also check out what the NetBeans
team is doing with release 6.

-faisal

On Jun 6, 5:37 pm, Cody S. [email protected]
wrote:

Just one of the rich features available is the Commander feature. It
provides two-way access to the command prompt – meaning you can execute
script from the commander directly in the IDE vs. keeping a terminal
session open in the background. More than one commander can be opened,
btw. When using using tools in the IDE such as the wizards, the
commander show execution as though you ran the generate script from the
command line.

The RubyIDE will run on any platform Eclipse supports.

I never cared for command-line things made available in wizards. It’s
kind of like this feature in Kdevelop, which allows you to add a HTML
tag through a dialog. I mean, I don’t need a wizard for that… They
only hinder me.

And, I don’t use the generate script either, because I have to supply
–omit-migration and delete the unit tests and fixtures anyway :slight_smile: And,
the former isn’t available in the wizard of radrails, so another
reason not to use wizards…

The commander window also has code-completion. :o) If you’re looking
for a list of plug-ins for instance, type “script/plugin install” and
hit ctrl-spacebar. The IDE fetches a list of plug-ins live from the
Internet and presents the to you.

Wiebe C. wrote:

On Jun 6, 5:37 pm, Cody S. [email protected]
wrote:

Just one of the rich features available is the Commander feature. It
provides two-way access to the command prompt – meaning you can execute
script from the commander directly in the IDE vs. keeping a terminal
session open in the background. More than one commander can be opened,
btw. When using using tools in the IDE such as the wizards, the
commander show execution as though you ran the generate script from the
command line.

The RubyIDE will run on any platform Eclipse supports.

I never cared for command-line things made available in wizards. It’s
kind of like this feature in Kdevelop, which allows you to add a HTML
tag through a dialog. I mean, I don’t need a wizard for that… They
only hinder me.

And, I don’t use the generate script either, because I have to supply
–omit-migration and delete the unit tests and fixtures anyway :slight_smile: And,
the former isn’t available in the wizard of radrails, so another
reason not to use wizards…

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