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Ruby In Steel Text Edition $49 - Includes Visual Studio

Ruby With Text Appeal...
by Huw Collingbourne
Monday 7 January 2008.

We have today launched a new version of Ruby In Steel complete with a copy of Visual Studio 2008 for an all-in price of $49 (that’s around 27).

Ruby In Steel Text Edition provides a powerful editing and debugging environment for Ruby and Rails and comes complete with a Ruby-language copy of Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2008. In addition to Ruby support, this also has an HTML designer, JavaScript IntelliSense and a sophisticated Macro IDE. It does not, however, include any Microsoft development languages such as C# or VB.

Incidentally, if you already have a regular copy of Visual Studio 2008 (Standard Edition or above), the Text Edition will install into that instead of into the standalone version of Visual Studio which we supply with the software.

Feature highlights of the Text Edition include:
- code colouring/folding (Ruby/ERb)
- Auto expand snippets (Ruby/ERb) plus snippet editor
- Bracket and keyword matching
- Code formatting tools
- Integrated debugging with step into/over/ watch variables and ‘drill-down’
- Customization with alternative color schemes
- Integrated command prompt and docked interactive Ruby and IRB consoles
- All in one setup program to install Visual Studio, Ruby, Ruby In Steel, Rails and MySQL
- Comprehensive documentation and integrated help

The principal differences between the Text and the Developer Editions are that only the Developer Edition has full IntelliSense and our ultra-fast ‘Cylon’ debugger (the Text Edition has a much slower Ruby-based debugger). The Text Edition also lacks some dedicated tools such as the integrated Generate and Rake panels and context-sensitive RDOC display. It does, however, have a ‘quick command prompt’ to let you open a command in a selected folder (using the Solution Explorer) when you need to run a script. A ‘Synchronize’ button updates the Solution Explorer with any files and folders that are generated after a script finishes.

- Overview of the Text Edition
- Overview of the Developer Edition
- Feature List
- Download a 30-day Trial

We believe that the Text Edition provides an unbeatable Ruby and Rails environment for programmers who prefer the traditional code-and-command development cycle. It also provides a low cost entry into Ruby and Rails development for Windows users who need the fast and accessible environment provided by Visual Studio.

To assist programmers moving to Ruby from other languages such as Delphi, VB, Java or C#, we are planning a number of learning resources which will be published here on the web site in the near future. In the meantime, newcomers to Ruby can start coding right away by following our free tutorial, The Little Book Of Ruby.

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