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Development tools for dynamic languages - Programmer picks

PHP, Ruby, Python, and beyond - developers weigh in on seven popular IDEs and tools aimed at dynamic languages

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The increasing popularity of dynamic languages has given rise to a growing arsenal of development tools tailored to developers using languages like Ruby, PHP, and Python. So widespread is the array of tools available that it's often difficult to choose the right dev tool to suit one's needs.

We asked software developers for perspectives on the some of the more popular dynamic language development tools in use today: what they like, what they find lacking. The following is a selection of development tools catering to PHP, Python, Ruby, and beyond, as described by the software developers who use them. After all, who better to aid you in making your choice than your peers?


Embarcadero Technologies HTML5 Builder

HTML5 Builder supports web and mobile development via PHP and JavaScript. It enables designers to drag objects from a component palette and mix PHP and JavaScript code, says Josep Lluis Jorge, a developer at Steema Software. The tool also supports code-hinting and testing for mobile and web deployments. "It will help substantially the PHP and JavaScript developer communities, saving time writing code and 'trial and error' processes."

HTML5 Builder takes getting used to, and startup has been an issue: "I find it a little slow to start, since it has to start some services. But I don't doubt that Embarcadero is working on the issue, and it may not be of the same importance to everyone."

  • Development tools for dynamic languages - Programmer picks
  • Embarcadero Technologies HTML5 Builder
  • JetBrains PyCharm
  • JetBrains RubyMine
  • Padre, the Perl IDE
  • SpringSource Groovy/Grails Tool Suite
  • SapphireSteel Software Ruby in Steel
  • Zend Studio



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