I received this e-mail today (2011-01-27) about the end of Ruby on Rails support in NetBeans…
Here’s a link to the announcement on their website:
This doesn’t surprise me at all, and I’m glad I switched to RubyMine a few months ago! I’ve noticed the Ruby/Rails forums on the NetBeans have been really dead for a while now, and I had already seen the in-house development going down hill.
So, here is the e-mail I received:
From: [===== (Update: 2011-01-27) I blanked out his part to protect the sender, at their request =======]
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:39 AM
Subject: Important Message: Ruby on Rails Support Discontinued in NetBeans IDE
Dear NetBeans Community:
After thorough consideration, we have taken the difficult step to discontinue support for Ruby on Rails in the NetBeans IDE. Two main issues underpin this decision:
Java SE 7 and Java Development Kit 7 (JDK 7) are the next major releases of the Java SE platform, which Oracle is committed to deliver in 2011. A key objective of the NetBeans IDE has always been to offer superior support for the Java platform. To maintain that objective and capitalize on the JDK 7 release themes–multi-language support, developer productivity and performance–it is necessary that our engineering resources are committed to a timely and quality release of NetBeans IDE 7.0.
Second: Although our Ruby support has historically been well received, based on existing low usage trends we are unable to justify the continued allocation of resources to support the feature.
As of January 27, the Ruby on Rails module will be gone from development builds of NetBeans IDE 7.0. Developers who want to continue to use Ruby on Rails functionality in the NetBeans IDE should please visit the NetBeans Ruby Support page for details on how to do so going forward.
Thank you for your continued support of NetBeans.
The NetBeans Team