Sapphire - Overview
The only professional Ruby development tool for Visual Studio, Ruby In Steel Developer 2 has powerful analytical IntelliSense, the fast ‘Cylon’ debugger, syntax-sensitive editing and comprehensive development support for Ruby and Rails.
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Here we provide a brief overview of just a few of the major features of Ruby In Steel...
Ruby In Steel’s ultra-fast ‘Cylon’ debugger provides...
Ruby and Rails debugging is notoriously slow. Not any longer. Ruby In Steel’s Cylon debugger blazes through your code.
Breakpoints and Tracing
Step into/step-out/step-over code in Ruby and Rails applications.
Hover and Drill-down
Drill-down debugging lets you look inside objects and expand arrays and hashes in the docked debugging windows, in the code editor or even right inside the interactive Ruby console!
Break when a condition (a test of one or more values) is met.
Other debugging features:
Break on exception
Break on hitcount
Run macro on break
The debugger is supported by a range of tools and windows including:
Ruby In Steel provides extensive syntax-aware editing for Ruby and Rails.
Code Coloring and Code Folding
The code editors provide customizable coloring - even for Ruby code embedded into Rails Erb templates. Code folding operates on classes, modules, methods, if blocks and many other constructs - including user-defined collapsible regions...
Bracket and Keyword/end Matching
Opening and closing brackets are highlighted. A keyboard shortcut lets you move you cursor between brackets or Ruby keyword/end pairs such as class...end and def..end.
Ruby In Steel also has...
Snippets that auto-generate code blocks
A Snippet editor to let you create your own snippets without coding
Smart or Block indenting to auto-align align your code
Automatic code formatting (a selected block or an entire document)
Plus all the editing features you would expect such as multi-level undo/redo, bookmarks, split-window editing and user definable macros.
Ruby In Steel offers unparalleled analytical code completion and navigation tools for Ruby.
Fast Code Completion Analyzes Code As It Is Written
Drop-down lists provide relevant and accurate information on the methods that are available to objects and classes (both those in the Ruby and Rails libraries and those that you write yourself).
Dual-page completion lists let you show class-specific detail, for clarity (see above) or the members of the class and all its ancestors, for completeness (see below).
Code completion is automatically triggered by a dot after an identifier and by the double-colon :: scope resolution operator. Completion lists may also be triggered by CTRL-Space. The IntelliSense engine analyzes code as it is written and updates completion lists as appropriate. You may optionally tailor completion lists by specifically omitting elements such as ancestor class methods, global variables and keywords. Notice that embedded (RDOC) documentation for members is shown in a tooltip. You can also hover over classes and methods in the editor to view RDOC.
Tooltips and Parameter Completion
Enter an opening bracket after a method name to see a highlighted hint showing parameters and their types.
In cases where classes cannot be inferred, add ‘type assertion’ comments for extra IntelliSense.
Hover over any object to see its fully-qualified (including ‘nested modules’) class name.
Speed Unlike some other Ruby editors, the Ruby In Steel code completion is fast!
Ruby On Rails Tools
Ruby In Steel has deep support for Ruby On Rails Development
It has project start-up wizards and (optionally) docked, tabbed and floating tool windows and dialogs such as:
Tools and Wizards
Fully integrated Ruby, Rails, Script and IRB consoles
RDOC window shows formatted documentation when you hover over an object identifier in the editor
The Ruby Explorer lets you navigate the class library - even into documentation extracted from C-source files
Drop-down Navigation Bars over the editor for fast code navigation
Ruby In Steel projects are managed from the Visual Studio Solution Explorer. You can simply create, import or convert Ruby and Rails projects as well as add, move and delete files and folders. Ruby In Steel is fully configurable (colors, tab and formatting options etc.).
For more details, refer to The Feature List.
Minimum Requirements: Visual Studio 2010 Standard Edition or above; alternatively, use the Ruby In Steel ’All-in-one installer’ to install a free Ruby-language copy of Visual Studio 2010.