Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ruby In Steel, Ruby on Rails add on for Visual Studio

If you're a Windows Ruby on Rails developer, and you already have Visual Studio, there's an awesome add on for Visual Studio to allow Ruby on Rails development from within the Visual Studio IDE called Ruby In Steel ( Note this isn't a Microsoft product. It gives you the full power of Visual Studio for developing RoR apps. You can set break points (even in rhtml and rjs files), mouse over things to get their values, get popups with all of the functions that classes provide, and just about everything else that you are used to from doing C# and other .NET development. This, combined with Firebug ( to debug Javascript on the client end, gives you a full breakpoint, code step through functionality in a GUI environment for RoR. Oh, and as a pure text editor it's awesome too, since you get the full power of Visual Studio for highlighting, snippets, etc. It works great for writing Ruby scripts too.

Before using this, I was using RadRails, and to me there's no comparison between the two. If you already have Visual Studio 2005 or higher I would highly recommend this, it makes developing RoR apps so much better. I'm not sure if it would be worth getting Visual Studio just to get this addon, but if you already have it I don't think there's another IDE for RoR that's comparable.

Does anyone else know of any other Windows RoR IDEs? What are your thoughts on them?

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