Hi Christer,

On 12/6/05, Christer Nilsson <janchrister.nilsson / gmail.com> wrote:
> I compared ArachnoRuby with Komodo, using my solution for RubyQuiz #57.
> ArachnoRuby was 197 times faster !
>
> Thank you Wayne, for pointing out ArachnoRuby.

You're very welcome!

>Their web page wasn't very convincing, but the numbers above are.

I believe ArachnoRuby development is currently focused on enhancing
the product rather than doing PR/Website stuff.  So the product is
excellent, but the website doesn't fully convey that.

I think I've tried every Ruby IDE available on Windows (including some
lesser known ones like Mondrian), and ArachnoRuby is what I've chosen
to use.

I earn (part of) my living programming in Ruby, and I simply wouldn't
be able to do much of this work without ArachnoRuby.  Sometimes in my
work I have a Ruby script that takes an hour to run, which gets some
weird error near the end of the run.  Before ArachnoRuby I simply
couldn't debug these scripts, as in the other debuggers it would have
taken days to get to the point of reproducing the error.  So there
were many projects I couldn't even attempt in Ruby, because I knew
that if I had a problem I might not be able to effectively debug it.

I've been using ArachroRuby for well over a year.  Sometimes I use it
8+ hours a day, 5+ days a week.  It's never let me down.  It is still
in beta, so there are occasional glitches, but they're pretty minor. 
It used to crash at times (that's become pretty infrequent lately),
but when this happened I'd just restart it.  It would automatically
re-open the files I'd had open, and I'd pick up where I left off.  I
only lost code I'd typed once or twice, and this was never more than a
line or so.  Not a big deal.

Two of the features I like a lot are the Ruby Gems browser (Tools
menu, then "Ruby Gems Browser...") which makes RubyGems so much easier
to work with than the usual command line tools,

and the Ruby Class browser  (Tools menu, then "Ruby Class
Browser...").  Currently the class browser only works with the classes
in Ruby and in the standard library, but in the future you'll be able
to add your own classes to it.

(I have no financial or other connection with ArachnoRuby, except as a
_very_ satisfied user and beta tester.)

Wayne

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Wayne Vucenic
No Bugs Software
"Ruby and C++ Agile Contract Programming in Silicon Valley"