I’m a RoR fan. I’ve read some RoR books, and I’m starting to use RoR for
As I use RoR more and more, I think about inexistent tools that would be
great to have when developing applications in RoR. For example: an IDE
with more features than RadRails. So then I think “hey! you could
produce one of these tools”.
Some of these tools, I believe, would be really great for improving
efficiency while developing RoR applications… and here comes my
question for all of you: do you think that it’s ok to produce commercial
applications for RoR users?
Suppose that I release a commercial IDE, and it rocks. Would you think
that I suck because RoR is free, Migrations are free, the plugins are
free, but my IDE isn’t free?
I’m asking you this, because I’m not sure of the answer… for one part,
I prefer RoR over ASP.NET in part because Visual Studio is very
expensive. However, if you can only expect open-source developments for
RoR, you will have to wait many years to get a great IDE like Visual
Studio, for Rails.
When answering to this question, don’t think only about an IDE, think
about smaller products, like: plugins, components, etc. Should all of
them be open source? Would you buy a commercial tool to use for your
Rails proyects if it is a good tool and the price is fair?