Using ActiveState Komodo IDE

In my continuing effort to find a decent Ruby IDE under Windows or Mac OSX I decided to try the Ruby IDE from ActiveState known as Komodo. This is an IDE geared toward dynamic languages such as Perl, PHP and Python. Only until recently has it supported Ruby.

The install was a standard install but when first starting Komodo for the first time it asked me what language I was using, I chose Ruby. It appeared to be searching my Ruby install directory for libraries. After about 5 minutes it was done and the IDE was ready for a test. I created a blank Ruby file and started typing which to my surprise and amazement when typing a Ruby language construct like “Time” and following it with a “.” it gave me a list of methods and properties of Time.

This is the basic type of feature I am looking for. I would expect all relevant IDE’s to be able to give me this basic bit of information. It would be nice to be able to put the Rails libraries into the IDE’s dictionary as well. Maybe I am asking too much. Is this possible in Komodo? I have a support call into Komodo to find out.  I will post an update here.
Komodo does support Rails debugging but have not tried this feature yet. I plan to give Komodo a solid test very soon in conjuction with my testing of RadRails and future tests on the TextMate, which many Rails developers use. I want to see what the big fuss is all about.

All-in-all Komodo looks to be the most mature Ruby IDE I have tested so far.  I am looking forward to finding out more.

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2 responses to “Using ActiveState Komodo IDE

  1. You should also give JEdit a go with its Ruby plugin. Not a full fledged IDE, but it is definately more then just a text editor.

  2. Thank you. I will try it out and see how it works on my systems. I have heard about this editor, good to hear from someone who uses it.

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