Monday Jan 28, 2008

New to Ruby

I recently experimented with Ruby on Rails, using NetBeans 6. My previous attempt with RoR was about 9 month ago and I remember having to do a lot of curls and makes to get everything configured. Getting started with NetBeans has been very easy, since there is a distribution (19 MB download) for Ruby developers and the IDE also included the runtime.

Given that I know Tor, the main architect and implementor of Ruby/JRuby tooling in NetBeans and I recently googled his name and Ruby. I found this excellent video that got me up to speed in no time. It turns out that the video has been extremely successful - as of 1/28/08 it had more that 100K downloads. Very impressive.


 

Monday Dec 03, 2007

It used to be a Java IDE

NetBeans started as a Java IDE, one of the first open source projects at Sun. It was long time ago ('99). Since then, it has evolved rapidly, especially in the last couple of years and became more than an IDE. It is also a platform. In addition , NetBeans has become a delivery vehicle for cool technologies from Sun and the Open Source (e.g. JRuby, GlassFish, Tomcat). Some people may argue that, lately, NetBeans has become choice IDE for Ruby developers. How about the support for C/C++ and UML? It is all there.

 

Nota Bene:

 
 

 

Sunday Apr 15, 2007

Showing folks how to solve real problems

The NetBeans folks are in the process of releasing a few, very cool sample applications. Since developer tools are just means to help engineers solve problems and be more productive, the idea was to put together a set of application that demonstrate the ease of use of certain technologies and solve common problems. The one that really caught my attention is a an app called flickr on rails, and it is written using NetBeans 6 (milestone 8 or later). You read this right. Ruby support in NetBeans. Moreover with version 6 the NetBeans platform has, now, intrinsic support for dynamic languages. If you want more details read about project Schliemann.

If you are a cynic like myself :-) you don't believe unless you see, so here is place where you can see a short movie that describes the building of a flicker like application in NetBeans using Ruby on Rails. If you just want to see the NetBeans @ work here is a screen shot that "speaks" for itself.

 

Keep in mind that NetBeans 6 is still young and even by Java One in mid May, the eng team will still show a preview of the product. If you are interested in improving the Ruby support in NetBeans, just participate. After all NetBeans is one of the oldest open source projects and Tor could use plenty of help.
 

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