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CodeGear ready Ruby release

CodeGear have announced this week they will be releasing an integrated development environment(IDE) for Ruby on Rails developers in the second half of 2007.

CodeGear have announced this week they will be releasing an integrated development environment(IDE) for Ruby on Rails developers in the second half of 2007.

The development tools company owned by Borland Software Corporation have released snippets of information on the upcoming IDE, dubbed "Ruby IDE" including:

* Full support for Ruby and Rails, enabling development features such as Code Completion, Refactoring, type browsing and navigation.
* Innovative new "Commanders" that uniquely merge the power of the command line with the ease of use and productivity of the IDE, wizards and code insights.
* Dependency visualisation and navigation to seamlessly work with all resources regardless of their relationship, location or format.
* A full set of development and deployment modules including Ruby, Rails, Gems and Database.

The technology under the hood of Ruby IDE will leverage open source technologies. CodeGear have stated they will be supporting the Eclipse Dynamic Languages Tool Kit (DLTK) for Ruby with patches and code contributions.

"Ruby on Rails has become a serious Web application platform because Ruby on Rails makes it extremely fast and easy to develop rich, data-driven Web 2.0 applications with minimal coding. However, the ‘magic' behind the productivity also introduces new challenges for developers building, growing and maintaining ‘real world' production-level Web applications," Michael Swindell, CodeGear vice president of products and strategy, said in a statement released by the company.

"Our new Ruby on Rails technology addresses these challenges by going beyond just editing and debugging Ruby scripts. It provides a comprehensive Rails-centric development environment which both initiates beginners and streamlines experts. Also, based on new CodeGear IDE innovations, it is the first tool we've developed that will likely appeal equally to command line, IDE, and visual developers," said Swindell.

Supported platforms will be Microsoft® Windows XP, Mac and Linux. Currently the CodeGear Website says Ruby IDE will be released in Q4 2007. More information can be found here.

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