May 13, 2007 9:01 PM PDT

CodeGear goes Ruby on Rails route

CodeGear, the development tool company spun out of Borland Software, has created a product specifically for Ruby on Rails.

Ruby on Rails is an open-source framework--an addition to the Ruby language--that has become a popular choice for building Web applications, particularly public-facing Web sites.

At a Ruby on Rails conference on Monday, CodeGear will show off an as-yet-unnamed tool that the company says will help make easier the development of high-end Rails applications, including corporate software.

That means providing developers with more "visibility" into the inner workings of an application under development, as well as the Rails framework itself, said Michael Swindell, vice president of products at CodeGear.

The move highlights the growing diversity among development languages.

Sun Microsystems last week announced JavaFX Script, a scripting language designed to complement the Java software installed on PCs and mobile phones.

And Microsoft earlier this month said it is building the Dynamic Languages Runtime, an extension to its .Net Framework that will allow developers to write with scripting languages including Ruby.

"What we're seeing with the increasing complexity of Java and the whole Java ecosystem is that a lot of Java shops have been asking for an 'easier Java than Java,'" Swindell said. "I think that's where a lot of the interest in Ruby on Rails is coming from."

CodeGear's tool will have an Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment) for visual programming. It will also allow people to use the command-line interface built into Ruby on Rails, Swindell said.

The company intends to have a private beta of the product this summer and release it for general availability in the fall.

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Mmmm. Not using the Delphi IDE?
That is interesting, after recently rolling out Delphi for PHP on the Delphi IDE, CodeGear is rolling out Ruby via the Eclipse IDE...

Could this be the beginning of the end of the Delphi IDE? Could we one day be seeing CodeGear Object Pascal on Eclipse?

Just a thought?
Posted by Flytrap (82 comments )
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My Guess....
Is that they are probably going to drop a wysiwyg IDE into the marketplace for Ruby. They just delivered Delphi for PHP which has a pretty decent component framework backing up the IDE. Having something like that for Ruby may bulk up their IDE offerings in a way that keeps their products relevant in light of competition from the likes of Eclipse and others.
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My Guess....
Is that they are probably going to drop a wysiwyg IDE into the marketplace for Ruby. They just delivered Delphi for PHP which has a pretty decent component framework backing up the IDE. Having something like that for Ruby may bulk up their IDE offerings in a way that keeps their products relevant in light of competition from the likes of Eclipse and others.
Posted by sumwatt (69 comments )
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JBuilder
Doesnt Jbuilder use or have an eclipse version? So not using the Delphi ('Galleo') IDE isnt too unusual.
Posted by LuvThatCO2 (187 comments )
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Different than Delphi
Delphi for PHP is a RAD tool and Delphi's IDE is geared toward RAD - The Ruby IDE is more of an Visual Agile IDE (vs RAD) for dev teams, more similar to JBuilder which is also based on Eclipse. Also there is a requirement for Ruby on Rails that it run on Mac and Linux - the Delphi IDE runs exclusively on Windows.
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