Ruby on Rails Support Discontinued in NetBeans IDE

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
To: undisclosed-recipients:
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.

We remain committed to delivering a first-class product to our community of developers and users, and we encourage your feedback on our mailing lists and forums, on Twitter, or by writing to us.

Thank you for your continued support of NetBeans. 
The NetBeans Team

8 thoughts on “Ruby on Rails Support Discontinued in NetBeans IDE”

  1. A couple of years ago Netbeans seemed to be the best choice for RoR IDE, it certainly outperformed anything eclipse based. It’s a shame they didn’t keep up with the competition. I’ve now gone from Netbeans to RubyMine to MacVIM.

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  3. Matt,
    Please block out my email address from this post/blog entry. Though the news about Ruby is community matter, I don’t believe it necessitates that my email address be reposted as part of the dispersion effort on public websites.

  4. although i’d used netbeans for some time to develop rails apps, i dabbled a bit with rubymine before finally settling in with aptana’s (eclipse) studio 3. while not yet final, i’ve found it to be superior to both netbeans and rubymine. it seems more stable and much more polished, has git integration (something netbeans always struggled to get right, never supporting it natively and clumsily relying on a plugin), and just works (had all kinds of environment errors in configuring rubymine, and the interface just kinda clunked along in that java way, like having to triple-click to open files…ugh!). aptana studio 3 is also fREE, so even better! best of luck…d@Ve

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