I've built all sorts of apps in Ruby. I use TextMate and vim to edit Ruby code (no proper IDE).
I've built web applications of various types including backend business process apps, an ecommerce music site, a student information system, complex user registration process for a medical company, a customer relationship management system, video editing and indexing for a content aggregator, and loads more.
I've also built a lot of backend stuff and non-web applications. I have worked on VOIP in Ruby using Adhearsion (which I contributed to for the 0.8 release). That's a killer framework and very much worth checking out.
It's hard to pick a favorite, but some of my favorite Ruby work happened early in my Ruby career because the language was still so new to me that I was in the "honeymoon" stage with it. Ruby has continued to be good to me since I started using it nearly a decade ago. I'll be sad to leave it when the time comes
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Hi Chad Fowler,
Thanks for sharing your experience on Ruby.
May I know what sort of testing framework you used for RoR ?
Do you have some recommendations on it ? Like Unit + Cucumber + Selenium IDE or something like that ?
Outside of rails, my ruby experience has been mainly lower level stuff. Libraries to read/write directly to Ext 3 file systems, run and parse security programs, etc. Ruby is much more enjoyable for this sort of work over C, Python, Perl, or Java.
For rails, I use Netbeans, which is really the only time I use netbeans. Other then that, I use Eclipse.
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