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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?


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Padre, the Perl IDE

This open source Perl IDE supports multilingual and multitechnology projects. "I love that Padre allows you to search for documentation of a given Perl module. I also like its Regex Editor that helps you create regular expressions and test if that regular expression will match a given string," freelance web engineer Charlie Gonzalez says. "This is also great when debugging really creative regex solutions. I also like the ability to create Padre Plugins."

Gonzalez did note one flaw: "The only problem I see is trying to get the most-recent version of Padre to run on your machine. Padre 0.96 installation files are only available for Ubuntu 12.10; in any other OS the user would have to build the latest version of padre using CPAN."


  • 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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