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RIDE-ME: A new Ruby / Rails IDE for Windows

By Peter Cooper / June 13, 2006

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Project RIDE-ME is a new, open source, IDE and development environment for Ruby on Rails (though it'll work with just Ruby too, of course) on Microsoft Windows. Unlike most other Rails IDE attempts, it's not based on Eclipse, and is designed to make life easy for coders migrating across from Visual Studio. It certainly looks nice, although the reports are that it currently lacks a debugger, Subversion support, and a few other things. Looks promising though, and I think this could become rapidly popular with those who aren't keen on Eclipse.

It makes me think that if there were an IDE like this with a lot more features, the author could easily charge $50 for it, and it'd sell like hot cakes. I know a few of my clients had trouble choosing an IDE for Rails, and would have jumped at something like that.

Comments

  1. Garth says:

    People who pick and choose IDE's only because of the frameworks they use (e.g. Eclipse) should be made to use notepad for a week. This IDE looks good. Subversion support would be nice and something like a debugger would turn me into a 'switcher' from RadRails.

  2. EJ says:

    I like to use RadRails http://www.radrails.org

  3. Olav says:

    Heh, how do you find all these resources? Keep it up, great work you're doing.

  4. Peter Cooper says:

    Olav: I'd like to say 'the Ruby fairy' or something similarly silly, but really it's thanks to a few tools.. del.icio.us (del.icio.us/tag/ruby, for example), Technorati search for posts tagged 'ruby', and using Feed Digest to mix down all the various Ruby blogs and sources into a single, easily read digest of news. :)

  5. Michael Leung says:

    Thanks for the great review of RIDE-ME!

    > "It makes me think that if there were an IDE like this with a lot more features, the author could easily charge $50 for it, and it'd sell like hot cakes."

    The nice thing is we're going to be adding SVN support, Ruby Debugging, and a whole lot more, and we're not ever going to charge for it!

    The first iteration (RC1) was developed solely by me, and just this week (I released RC1 last week), three developers have singed on to contribute to RIDE-ME.

    Stayed tuned!

  6. Peter Cooper says:

    Excellent news, Michael! Keep up the good work. I look forward to announcing the next big release :)

  7. RSL says:

    Personally, RadRails makes me sick. A little. It's completely because my computer [and seemingly every other computer I've ever owned] has horrible problems with Java. I really _HATE_ Java. I'm looking forward to RideMe giving those of us with similar problems a good IDE to work with.

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