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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SapphireSteel Software Ruby in Steel

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This development tool for the Ruby language integrates with Microsoft's Visual Studio IDE and also allows access to Microsoft's Team Foundation Server source code repository, says user Andrew Teare, a designer specialist at machinery maker Husky. "They did a good job of making it work in Visual Studio," Teare says. "Bottom line, it definitely helps us develop our Ruby code, especially as a big team."

Husky is using Ruby to develop a domain-specific language to describe machine configuration. Teare does cite some issues with Ruby in Steel: While its IntelliSense capability is good for a dynamic language, it's not as good as it is in C#. The Ruby debugger also is inferior to C#'s debugger, he says.

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