Monday, September 17, 2007

CodeGear offers IDE for Ruby on Rails

CodeGear on Monday is releasing CodeGear 3rdRail, an IDE for building applications with the popular Ruby on Rails open source Web framework.

The product gives Rails developers, who have been mostly relying on text editors, their own IDE, Borland said. Developers have flocked to Ruby on Rails for its speed and ease of use in building rich Web 2.0 applications, CodeGear said.

"We've been watching the Rails framework grow in popularity for the last year, and we worked with it ourselves, and we're really excited about the capabilities of the Rails framework. We recognize that there's an opportunity for somebody to provide a really solid tool for Rails and one that is built just for doing that," said Joe McGlynn, director of product management at CodeGear.

"Everything in the tool is focused on just building Rails applications," McGlynn said.

3rdRail includes a feature called Commanders, which provides a variety of capabilities intended to ease the development process, including the ability to run scripts. Command completion and option completion functions are offered that are similar to code completion capabilities for writing code. "It's a keystroke that gives you a pop-up list of what you can do," said McGlynn.




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