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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Text Editors and IDEs for Ruby

What have I found out so far?
  • Definition of Ruby
  • Ruby Windows Installer
  • Interactive Ruby - Open a new DOS window and type irb --simple-prompt A prompt appears as >>
  • Run a Ruby program by typing ruby hello.rb
  • Learnt some features of Ruby like comments, naming rules, variables, constants, strings etc.
Which text editor should I use for Ruby?
  1. In your Ruby installation there is a built-in text editor 'SciTE' in the ruby/scite folder. SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor.
  2. Your Ruby installation also has FreeRIDE, a pure Ruby Integrated Development Environment.
  3. A Ruby Editor plugin for jEdit is also available, as a free download. This converts jEdit into an intelligent Ruby IDE.
Which one to use? I have asked this question to the Site Point's Ruby Forum and awaiting a reply. In the meantime, I too shall explore these software and decide which one to use.

Update: (18.30 hrs) I tried out SciTE and found it useful. I have not had time to evaluate the other two, so I guess I shall stick to SciTE. MiiJaySung on the Ruby forum has suggested NotePad2 for Ruby as a better alternative.

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Blogger Mayuresh said...

how about vim plugins for the vi editor? Here are some

a. Vim/Ruby
b. VimRubySupport
c. RubyForge

I am sure google can find you some more.

1:32 AM  

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