Yesterday I spent some time talking to some dudes running a computer security company in NYC. They have used Ruby on Rails for one of their recent projects, and they were raving about it like madmen. I literally couldn’t make them shut up about RoR. Their enthusiasm was actually kindoff contagious, and now more than ever I’m determined to jump into Ruby again.
So I downloaded Aptana (aka former Rad Rails IDE) which is essentially an Eclipse geared for web development. The vanilla version is just a generic web application IDE, but you can download a Rails specific version – or if you already have the vanilla you can install the Rails components via Help→Software Updates.
Eclipse is probably the best Java IDE I have used in my life, so using a similar tool for Rails should really make the learning curve of RoR much smoother. I haven’t played with it much, but it looks awesome. It seemed a tad slow when starting up though – slower than Eclipse. Once the app loaded however it seemed responsive.
When I have a chance to play with it some more, I will post a review.
And yes, if you wondered, this is filler content. I had a writers block (blogger’s block?) for the last few days so I’m trying to ride it out by posting about anything and everything.
Anyways, here are some questions for you :
Developers: Love or hate Eclipse? Discuss!
Web Developers: Do you also have a boner for Ruby on Rails like these dudes from NYC? Or do you think that the framework is way over-hyped?
Bloggers: What do you do when you open up your “Write Post” page, and you can’t think of anything even remotely interesting to write about? How do you deal with writers’ block situations?
[tags]ruby, ruby on rails, aptana, rad rails, writer’s block[/tags]