Rich Kilmer wrote:
>
> I must say Idea (Intellij) _IS_ the best thing since sliced bread for
> Java.  After a year of NOT doing Java devt (after 6 full-time Java
> years) I had to go back to it.  If it wasn't for Idea, I don't think I
> would have survived.  Its quite amazing what one can do with a
> statically typed language.  Which brings me to what Gavin said.  Ruby is
> quite usable and lots of the crap that Java forces you to do manually,
> Ruby does for you.  But without static typing we may be somewhat
> limited...time will tell.  What I am most interested in in the IDE is
> distributed collaboration (or more like distributed project management)
> using things like jabber and REAL transparency with dealing with version
> control is another thing.

I had just started using IntelliJ IDEA for my Java development when I
discovered Ruby. It was the thought of having to giveup all those nice
features that inspired me to (along with Rich) start the FreeRIDE project!

Curt