Aptana and intellisense
June 6, 2007
Yesterday I installed the beta version of the Aptana IDE + Rails which is an “integrated development environment for the Ruby on Rails framework” as they put it themselves. It is similar to Eclipse and can even be downloaded as a plug-in to it.
It has some nice features, like refactoring, unit testing support, snippets, syntax highlighting and code completion. The code completion however, is no way near as nice as the IntelliSense in Microsoft’s Visual Studio, but it’s a lot better than typing it all in SciTE or notepad.
Anyway, I’ve given up on Ruby on Rails: Up and Running (which I previously recommended). It required too much understanding of Ruby for me to really get it, so I’ve switched to Rails Solutions: Ruby on Rails Made Easy by Justin Williams. It doesn’t require any Ruby knowledge, but you should have some experience of developing and/or designing web applications. Everything is explained a lot more thorough than in Up and Running and you get to see a lot of nice AJAX examples as well. Neat!