Ruby In Steel 1.1.5 Released
You might not guess it from the apparently ‘minor’ version number but, in fact, Ruby In Steel 1.1.5 (released today) is by far our biggest single update since the release of version 1.0 in January 2007.
This new release has hugely improved analytical code completion (IntelliSense) for Rails, the ability to debug both ‘pure Ruby’ code files and ‘embedded Ruby’ (in RHTML templates) using the fast Cylon debugger, with full ‘drill-down’ capabilities to look inside arrays, hashes and complex objects; plus numerous editing and debugging enhancements throughout the system. The first public beta of Ruby In Steel For Visual Studio 2008 has also been released.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll go through some of the new features in greater detail. For now, though, if you’d like a quick summary of the major features of the software, take a glance at the Ruby In Steel Overview page. For a more comprehensive list, see The Feature List.
As always, Ruby In Steel 1.1.5 is a free upgrade to registered users (details available in the Registered User area of The Forum). There are also 30-day evaluation versions of both the shipping edition of the software (for VS2005) and the beta version (for VS2008). To obtain evaluation software, go to the Download Page.
Major New Features of Ruby In Steel 1.1.5
Greatly improved Rails IntelliSense
Tabbed (Common/All) code completion lists show members of a specific class or of the entire class hierarchy
Optionally omit ancestor classes from code completion
Optionally provide IntelliSense while debugging
Docked Rails Console
Docked IRB Console
Docked Script Console
Docked context-sensitive RDOC window
ERb (RHTML) auto-expand and auto-surround Snippets with ‘edit points’
Collapsible user-defined regions (in addition to the existing syntax-sensitive code-folding)
‘Virtual Space’ editing support
Choose Debug/Run Ruby targets to switch between Ruby interpreters/compilers
Ruby Connector .NET component (connect VB, C# etc. to Ruby) or design visual front-ends with the VS form designer
Optional keyword...end auto-completion
Optional auto-format code after end
Quick navigate between Controller/View in Rails
Debug into embedded Ruby (RHTML)
Minimum Requirements: Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition or above; Windows XP (service pack 2) or Vista. Support for Visual Studio 2008 is available for beta versions of VS 2008. Full support will be provided when the final version of VS 2008 is released.