When I picked up Ruby on Rails in 2006, it was a great relief after several years in Java and C to be using a language that let me express things concisely, without a lot of boilerplate, and without fighting the type system all the time. But this week I was contacted by an old client to do a little touch-up on a Java program, and you know what? Java is kind of fun again!
And it turns out I’ve missed some things about Eclipse – specifically, the way Java and Eclipse, working together, can let you know you’ve made a dumb mistake long before your tests or your web browser do. And although I’m comfortable using ruby-debug at the command line, I’ve missed having a GUI around my debugger. Maybe I’ll give RadRails or NetBeans or RubyMine another shot.