Lab test: Climb aboard Ruby on Rails
The InfoWorld Test Center sifts through nine Rails IDEs and editors to help you choose the tools to suit your development needs
Given its omissions, I'd only recommend the current version of Intype to developers who want a TextMate-like editor for Windows but can't afford to or don't want to pay the $34.95 price of E.
Intype development appears to have stalled, based on the stale content on the Intype Web site. If the developers ever get their act together to release a product, they intend to charge roughly the same price as E.
More polish required
In conclusion, Rails itself is in a state of flux, and the Rails IDEs are mostly still trying to catch up to the changes introduced on Rails 2.0, much less Rails 2.1. Most of the Rails IDEs discussed in this review package will work well with the current Rails and rake gems with only minor annoyances: The most common annoyance is confusion between RHTML files and HTML.ERB files when generating and navigating to views.
Of course, the next time the Rails core changes, the IDE vendors will have to scramble to keep up, once again.
[Jump to the review of the Ruby on Rails IDE of your choice from the list below:
SapphireSteel Ruby in Steel Developer Edition 1.2 and Text Edition 1.1.5
Aptana RadRails 1.0
ActiveState Komodo IDE 4.3 and Edit 4.3
CodeGear 3rdRail 1.1
NetBeans IDE 6.1
MacroMates TextMate 1.5.7
JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA 7.0.3 with Ruby plug-in 1.0
E Text Editor 1.0.20 Beta
Intype 0.3.1 Alpha]