On Wed, 07 Dec 2005 21:13:11 -0000, Curt H. [email protected]
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
3.1.0 and it stays up 24/7 (literally).
That said, I use vim a lot too for single scripts, my ‘tryout’ stuff,
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
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
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
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
should, but it’s
still saved my life more than once.
* Software update features that work, and even keep everything version
consistent, most of
Also, the debugger seems to work okay, though I’ve not used it outside
playing with it. Generally, I hate debuggers, and integrated debuggers
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
(it’s missing a lot of docs).
* It has once or twice lost control of Ruby processes started with Run.
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.