JetBrains updates Rails IDE

RubyMine 3.0 development environment supports the latest versions of the Ruby and Ruby on Rails Web frameworks

JetBrains on Monday will unveil RubyMine 3.0, an upgrade to its IDE that features support for the recently released Ruby on Rails 3.0 Web framework as well as improved support for Ruby 1.9, said the company, which is best known as the maker of the IntelliJ Idea Java IDE.

RubyMine 3.0 also includes improvements to usability, performance, and intelligence.

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"In this release we focused on adding support for the latest version of Ruby on Rails framework and making the IDE still easier to use," said Dennis Ushakov, RubyMine lead developer, in a statement released by the company. "We are doing our best to keep RubyMine on the cutting edge, which is a must with a technology as dynamic as Ruby on Rails."

Better integration with the Git version control system is included, along with Mercurial version control support and integration with issue trackers. Also featured is RCov code coverage inside the IDE. RCov is a code coverage tool for Ruby. 

In addition, version 3.0 has an improved code editor with support for languages such as LESS (Leaner CSS) and SASS (Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets), which offer alternative syntaxes for writing CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). LESS and SASS allow for reuse of stylesheet fragments, said Dmitry Jemerov, JetBrains development lead.

"They allow [developers] to reuse fragments of stylesheets easily, which helps keep the stylesheets concise and easy to modify," said Jemerov. RubyMine supports syntax highlighting, code completion, navigation, and other coding assistance features in SASS and LESS files.

The IDE has been reworked for platforms including Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

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