UPDATE 10/20/2010: This has been fixed in a hotfix from Microsoft. Download it here.
So I know it’s been a while since my last post, but I just couldn’t resist this one. Here at work, we’re upgrading to Visual Studio 2010 since it’s finally been released, and overall I’m very pleased with the latest and greatest from Microsoft. During the testing phases I installed the Beta 2 and RC versions of VS2010, and aside from horrible performance in the beta (which was later fixed), I’ve always been relatively happy.
Lately I’ve been trying to find a good development environment for Rails on windows. I’ve tried several different environments, but so far, I haven’t found that sweet spot, yet. My latest trial environment is utilizing the new NetBeans version 6.8. I’ve used NetBeans in the past for PHP projects and I was very happy with it, so I figured if the Rails support was at least as good as the PHP support, it would be a slam dunk. After installing NetBeans I noticed that it installs it’s own version of ruby (JRuby), which is fine for most people, I’m sure, but I prefer to have my own Ruby environment running the official Ruby releases for Windows. Something about a Java implementation of Ruby is a turn-off for me, and besides, if I ever wanted to run an alternative Ruby implementation, it would probably end up being IronRuby because Jon Lam and Jimmy Schementi are awesome, and being able to call the .NET framework from within Ruby is very sexy.