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1000 Ruby Developers Vote TextMate #1 Developer Tool

By Peter Cooper / November 27, 2007

Tim Bray presents "Ruby Survey Results," the results of a survey of 1000 Ruby developers on their favorite development tools, primarily focusing on editors / IDEs. In the category of Rails-focused developers, 38% of the vote went to TextMate, with vi, NetBeans and Eclipse lagging far behind. With Ruby-focused developers, however, vi edged out TextMate by a single vote, with TextMate, Emacs and Netbeans as runners up. With all results tallied together, however, TextMate took a healthy lead on vi, and cements its position as the #1 preferred development tool of Ruby developers overall.


  1. oooo_snap says:

    But look at the Ruby only graph... Vim wins !
    Rubyists know what's up ;)

  2. Danno says:

    *throws the vi gang sign*

  3. Dan says:

    I wonder how many Mac users *don't* use TextMate...

  4. Peter Cooper says:

    I use TextMate as a text editor and for easily getting around files, etc, but I don't use any of the supposed macro stuff or special features it has. It's just a nice text editor with syntax coloring and a project file list down the side for me.

  5. Mark Thomas says:

    Where'd they announce this survey? On a textmate mailing list?

  6. Peter Cooper says:

    According to Tim:

    "on this [his] blog, on the ruby-lang mailing list and IRC channel"

    I unsubscribed from ruby-lang a while ago which is probably why I missed it :)

  7. Peter Cooper says:

    I just can't believe nano didn't appear anywhere... :)

  8. Joe F. says:

    So the Rails crowd loves TextMate, but pure Rubyists are all about Vi! Rock on!

  9. Dave says:

    Actually, I'm surprised with the level of Textmate fanboy-ism in the Rails community that the ratio isn't higher.

    I use Textmate about 20% of the time -- but Netbeans has really been rocking my boat recently, some of the stuff Tor Norbye and co are doing with it is amazing.

  10. remi says:



  11. Joe says:

    Can you even step through your code in TextMate or Vi?

    I use NetBeans because it is a REAL ide.

  12. cedric says:

    hum ...
    textmate ... vi ...

    gem install VimMate


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