Programmer picks: 7 tools for HTML5, Ruby, Python, and more

PHP, Ruby, Python, and beyond -- developers weigh in on seven popular IDEs and tools aimed at dynamic languages

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SpringSource Groovy/Grails Tool Suite

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This tool provides an Eclipse-based environment for Groovy and Grails application development. "It's a fine IDE," says ReachForce developer Rob Bugh. "It's not perfect. It has its warts, but I use it on a daily basis." The IDE covers all aspects of the software development lifecycle, including debugging and testing, says Bugh, who is using it to build a customer portal.

His concern about the IDE is internal memory management, but when that problem arises, Bugh stops and restarts the IDE. The product gives him an alternative to developing via a command-line paradigm, he asserts.

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