The Best Rails Editor For Windows

June 11th, 2007

I’ve just started using the NetBeans Ruby IDE to edit my Rails apps, and it just blows the competition (on Windows) out of the water! Previously I used TextPad, and then E. However the former was extremely basic and the latter had performance problems, as well as bugs (and little code completion). NetBeans, on the other hand, has it all, is in active development, and is easily on a par with FlexBuilder. If you’re developing on Windows (i.e. not using TextMate) I would highly recommend NetBeans. Oh, did I mention it’s free?

You can download it here. More detailed installation instructions can be found on the Netbeans wiki.

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7 comments on “The Best Rails Editor For Windows”

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    Thanks for the tip! It’s nice to see there are some people that appreciate editors that can do more than Textmate. Developers: it’s OK to rely on your IDE!

    When you say “E”, do you mean Eclipse and/or Radrails? I looked at a number of free RoR IDEs (Radrails, FreeRIDE, Ride-ME, etc) and ended up picking RoRED. It’s very lightweight, which is a major problem for a lot of IDEs including RadRails/Eclipse.

    The favorite things about RoRED are
    1. Tabs Model-Views-Controller grouping!
    2. How it generally uses panes instead of hierarchal trees (eg. showing methods within controllers).
    3. Ability to load existing RoR projects without a long “New Project” process
    4. Ability to quickly switch between the controller and view of a particular method

    I will give Netbeans a shot based on your recommendation, that was one of the few I actually didn’t try myself. Thanks again!

    Chirag Patel at June 12th, 2007 around 8:26 pm
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    When he said E, I’m pretty sure he meant e-texteditor.

    David Mauldin at August 20th, 2007 around 3:04 pm
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  4. 04

    I think RadRails is the best on Windows.

    Sanjay at May 8th, 2008 around 2:18 pm
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  5. 05

    Isn’t NetBeans a Ruby interpreter that uses JRuby only?
    Or does it use native Ruby?

    mzgubin at June 18th, 2008 around 9:00 pm
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    As far as I know there’s a setting inside NetBeans to switch between C Ruby and JRuby - so you can have either.

    maccman at June 19th, 2008 around 2:18 am
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