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Komodo 3.5 IDE adds Ruby, Mac OS X support

updated 08:05 am EST, Mon October 31, 2005

Komodo 3.5 IDE for OS X

has released Komodo 3.5, a professional integrated development environment (IDE) with full support for the Ruby programming language as well as support for Mac OS X. ActiveState Komodo 3.5 offers developers an advanced workspace for programming in multiple languages, including Perl, Python, PHP, Tcl, and now Ruby. Komodo 3.5 delivers Ruby features such as Ruby on Rails debugging and multilingual input method editor (IME) support for non-Western languages. According to the company, unique Ruby programming features in Komodo allow programmers to easily code, debug, and test Ruby programs using functions like AutoComplete and CallTips for advanced as-you-type Ruby syntax checking. It runs on Mac OS X (Panther and Tiger) and is available for $30 (personal) or $300 (professional). [product to be released on 11/3]

"Until now, Ruby developers haven't had a professional IDE for writing and
debugging their Ruby code," says Eric Promislow, ActiveState's Ruby Team
Lead. "Adding Ruby to Komodo's list of must-have supported languages has
been exciting during Ruby's recent growth and popularity. Ruby is an
amazing language for building mainstream Web applications quickly with less
code. I look forward to working with the community and helping Ruby
continue to grow."

Komodo's Ruby code colorizing, folding, automatic end statements, and smart
indenting keep Ruby programmers of all abilities on track for writing
bug-free programs the first time. In addition, Komodo gives Ruby developers
a fully integrated graphical debugger for testing Ruby programs with ease.
Komodo's Ruby graphical debugger lets programmers visually set breakpoints,
check functions, and edit classes.

ActiveState's Komodo 3.5 can also debug Ruby on Rails (RoR) applications in a professional IDE. Ruby on Rails is the full-stack open source Web framework developed in Ruby. The RoR framework is an alternative to existing enterprise
frameworks, providing easy application development. With RoR, Web developers are able to write applications faster with less code, according to ActiveState.

Komodo 3.5 features new multilingual input method editor (IME) support for
using a standard Western keyboard to enter international languages, such as
French, German, Spanish, and Asian characters. Programmers building applications for an international audience can now use Komodo to enter localized code comments, error messages, and strings.




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