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Ruby In Steel Update :: thread-safe debugging

...plus a few added extras
by Huw Collingbourne
Friday 23 February 2007.

We’ve just released the second update to Ruby In Steel Developer. Probably the most important change is the improved debugging for Rails.

Not on the official ’Roadmap’ but we snuck in an
extra option, anyhow, to let you custom-color
the Ruby Console. Green-on-black is very chic
this year, I am informed...

The new version of the fast Cylon debugger no longer requires the use of the LightTPD server. Sure, you can use LightTPD if you wish, but if you prefer Mongrel or WEBrick, those servers can also be used. Note that the updated version of Cylon is not the multithreaded debugger which we have promised for later in the year. It is, however, safe to use with multithreaded Ruby programs. Apart from that, there have been various improvements to IntelliSense, editing features, customization options and Vista support. For the full list of changes, see the ChangeLog.

We plan to release at least one more update to the Developer Edition before finalizing the 1.1 version. It was always our intention to spend the time between version 1.0 and 1.1 fixing bugs and smoothing off the rough edges rather than adding new features. In fact, we’ve received some good feature-suggestions from our users, and a few of these have been fairly easy to implement so have been incorporated into the software. For example, the user-defined colors in the Ruby Console were suggested by a user. In the next update, we’ll have some extra debugging capabilities which were requested by another user (Dermot will be blogging about that shortly).

It is our belief that it is better to release small updates regularly than massive updates at irregular intervals. This doesn’t mean that users should feel obliged to keep installing new versions all the time. We would certainly recommend that you upgrade to ‘whole number’ point-releases such as 1.1 and 1.2 but you don’t need to install every smaller 0.0x release unless you really want to. If in doubt, I’d suggest that you keep an eye on the changelog and if we add a feature you need or fix a problem which you’ve encountered, that’s the time to download and update your software. The best place for owners of the Developer Edition to keep bang up to date with changes is in the Registered Users area of the forum.

OK, so that’s the good news. Now for the bad news…

Our web host went through some rocky times yesterday (22nd February) which caused download speeds to drop to an unusable level. This only affected the software hosted on this site (that is the Trial Edition and the free Personal Edition. If you failed to download a copy or if you downloaded an incomplete copy (which probably ended up with the Zip file being unusable), please try again now. To the best of our knowledge, this problem should now have been fixed.

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