Tim Bray has published the results of his nice survey about Ruby and Rails editors. In Bray’s piece we see that TextMate is the tool of choice for the Rails focused group, while Vi leads the way in terms of the Ruby one (albeit TextMate is very close):
One thing is clear, TextMate IS the editor of choice when it comes to the Ruby and Rails communities, and since it runs only on Mac, it is also obvious that Mac is the platform of choice too (this shouldn’t come as a surprise when you look at the sea of MacBook Pros at RailsConf). If we don’t consider the large group of people who use both Ruby and Rails, we could speculate that the Ruby community is more hackerish than the Rails one. While I believe this to be the case, I think that Vi coming out ahead of TextMate for Ruby, but not even close by a long shot for Rails, has more to do with the many useful features implemented by TextMate and the limited number of extra ones provided by Vi, when developing for the web with Rails.
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Antonio Cangiano is a Software Development Manager at IBM. He authored Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers (Wrox, 2009) and Technical Blogging (The Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2012, 2019). He is also the Marketing Lead for Cognitive Class, an educational initiative which he helped grow from zero to over 1 Million students. You can follow him on Twitter.