Oh, what an IDE snob I’ve become over the past couple years. I was an advocate of lightweight text editors for dev work for a long time, and was only truly bitten by the “heavyweight” environment bug once I was introduced to IntelliJ, which I can’t say enough nice things about. I was obviously pretty psyched when I found out that the Jetbrains team has decided to put some serious effort into a Ruby plugin. It’s become very usable in a very short amount of time, and I’m very happy with it, but it’s still relatively new and lacking some features.
This new comparison of Ruby / Rails IDEs does a great job summarizing the features in the three leading “heavyweight” IDEs for Ruby / Rails. Definitely check it out if you’re in the market for a good IDE. Interestingly, it seems like NetBeans is really giving both IntelliJ and RadRails a real run for their money, being the first of The Big Three to get a reasonable level of code completion working, amongst a plethora of other features.
Although I’ll probably download it and take a test drive, I’m pretty committed to IntelliJ at this point, so I’ll probably stick it out. But hopefully a little competition will keep things moving along at a good clip :-).
UPDATE: Switched over to NetBeans months ago and loving it! Nice work guys.