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Rapid Application Development with RadRails

September 12th, 2006

Of all development frameworks I have tried Ruby on Rails is my favorite – by far. It is the only complete framework I know of that really help you bring Agility into your projects – big ones as well as small ones. The only weakness (yes, I consider this a weakness) has been the command based nature of the framework, the lack of a decent IDE. Fortunately, a team of enthusiasts is trying to overcome this weakness with the development of RadRails, the only(?) Ruby on Rails IDE out there.

You can download the new version, 0.7.1, here.

It’s not a perfect IDE, and it has a long way go to get to the same level as the fabulous Visual Studio 2005. Still, RadRails helps making web development a pure joy. If you haven’t tried it, and if you are like me, eager to learn new stuff, Ruby on Rails is highly recommended. Once there, you will never want to go back to traditional web development again.

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