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which free ruby ide can I use the best ?

asked 2014-06-22 08:56:41 -0500

roelof1967 gravatar image


Im now learning ruby and after that I will study Ruby on Rails.

Now I found out that netbeans and eclipse are both avaible.

Which one can I use the best or is there a better alternative except vim and emacs.


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answered 2014-08-16 08:19:08 -0500

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updated 2014-08-16 08:31:04 -0500

Depends on how lightweight or heavy you want it. Here is my list, all of them are free as in beer, not all are GPL (ni idea what licence Eclipse had) but most do.

Starting with the light ones :

  • MC Yes, the good old Midnight Commander has a built in Editor with syntax highlighting that does quite a good job. It's based on nano and it's a 'normal' editor, meaning that you can move around the text with the cursors or the mouse. Console based but supports mouse. A good choice for a quick edit if you are working on the console.

  • Gedit Syntax highlighting and a few extras, quite good.

  • Kvim / Gvim Vim with a GTK / QT interface. Quite usable and extensible just as it's console based parent Vim.

  • Redcar That's a _real_ pure Ruby IDE!! Worth a try. Supports anything you may want in an IDE. It is distributed as a gem package and thus installed with: _gem install redcar_

  • Kate My Girl ;). Supports almost every language that you may think of. I haven't seen if it is also able to run and debug Ruby but I am sure it does: I used it as LaTeX authoring tool and I have yet to see something close as complete.

  • Anjuta Full Blown IDE, you can't get much more IDE that that. I suspect that it even has support for making tea gongfu cha style while coding but I have yet to find where it's hidden.

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answered 2014-06-24 13:20:31 -0500

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IDE's are very much a personal preference, so it's difficult to answer your question with a single choice. I'd encourage you to try a couple of the free or inexpensive packages, and then make your decision.
Here are 5 choices from early 2014 Let us know what you choose after your evaluation.

Cheers! Dave

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