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Aptana Releases RadRails 1.0 for Aptana Studio(TM)

SAN MATEO, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Aptana Inc. today announced the long anticipated availability of RadRails 1.0 for Aptana Studio, the popular Eclipse-based IDE for Ajax and Web developers who use scripting languages like Ruby, PHP, and JavaScript. RadRails 1.0, the first major release of the RadRails software since Aptana became home to the community project last year, provides unparalleled features for Ruby on Rails developers. The free, open source download for RadRails 1.0 can be found at http://www.aptana.com.

SAN MATEO, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire/ — Aptana Inc. today announced the long anticipated availability of RadRails 1.0 for Aptana Studio, the popular Eclipse-based IDE for Ajax and Web developers who use scripting languages like Ruby, PHP, and JavaScript. RadRails 1.0, the first major release of the RadRails software since Aptana became home to the community project last year, provides unparalleled features for Ruby on Rails developers. The free, open source download for RadRails 1.0 can be found at http://www.aptana.com.

In contrast to other Rails development tools, RadRails blends the powerful integrated development environment (IDE) features of Aptana Studio and Eclipse with the under-the-hood access to the "Rails shell" console that Rails aficionados love, RadRails 1.0 provides the "best of both worlds" for Ruby on Rails developers. This makes RadRails great for beginners and advanced users alike. Beginners can use the IDE features and configuration wizards to get started quickly and easily. For advanced users, the integration of both the shell's familiar command line interface and Aptana Studio's renowned HTML, DOM, CSS, JavaScript authoring, and Ajax library support delivers immediate productivity gains. "New users can learn commands as they go and advanced users can use the shell directly," said Chris Williams, Sr. Software Engineer at Aptana.

RadRails 1.0 further boosts developer productivity with additional features. Automatic indexing of all code assets — from the foundations of the Ruby core, to all the libraries and gems used in your project, to your own code as well — lets developers see and navigate their code quickly and easily in outline form. In addition to convenient type inference and code completion when authoring with the IDE, RadRails for Aptana Studio provides in-line access to available commands and arguments within the Ruby shell. Such capabilities, typical of tooling for object oriented languages, have historically been lacking for development with scripting languages. RadRails 1.0 for Aptana Studio fills that gap for the Ruby on Rails community.

"When I started using RadRails it was the only tool on the street that knew and loved Rails and Ruby," said "Dr. Nic" Williams of Dr. Nic Academy, who provides Ruby on Rails training and services. "Even though there are now many IDEs that profess compatibility with Rails, Aptana/RadRails should still be a go-to editor for Rails development."

RadRails 1.0 is a development plugin for Aptana Studio which itself can run standalone or be plugged into the Eclipse IDE alongside all that Eclipse has to offer. "[Since Aptana Studio is based on Eclipse,] I can [also] take advantage of the vast number of Eclipse plugins like Mylyn, the Bazaar plugin, GotoFile, QuantumDB, SQL Explorer, etc…" said Scott Bronson, independent Web consultant in San Francisco.

For all users, RadRails 1.0 for Aptana Studio bundles the JRuby interpreter directly with the download so as to deliver instant previews directly in the IDE without the hassles of extra configuration and set up of a Ruby on Rails environment. In addition to running any Ruby code, managing gems, and doing the things a Ruby interpreter would do, JRuby also lets you directly integrate with Java. Users who might prefer other Ruby interpreters such as the standard MRI Ruby distribution, Rubinius or others can easily configure RadRails 1.0 for Aptana Studio to use those. For those that really want to go deep and create or extend Rails tooling, RadRails 1.0 enables Eclipse itself to be scripted in Ruby via Eclipse Monkey, another open source project to which Aptana has been a key contributor.

Aptana Studio also comes in a Pro edition. For USD $99 users get additional productivity features across a host of scripting languages. For Web development in general, Aptana Studio Pro adds SFTP, FTPS, a JSON editor, remote project import wizards and more. For RadRails users, Aptana Studio Pro provides a Ruby profiler that graphs what portions of code execute at what speeds providing valuable insights to further optimization and performance enhancements. Aptana Studio Pro users also get priority support and a direct connection to nightly builds and betas with more useful features sooner and accelerated access to bug fixes.

About Aptana Inc.

Aptana provides a leading infrastructure suite for Web site and Web application developers who use scripting languages like JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, and PHP. Aptana Studio, an Eclipse-based integrated development environment for Web 2.0 sites and applications, has been downloaded by nearly 1,400,000 developers with more than 100,000 new users being added monthly. Aptana is also the creator of Aptana Jaxer(TM), the world's first Ajax server. Using the open source Aptana Jaxer server, developers can write entire applications and presentation layers using Ajax, use server-side JavaScript to generate or manipulate Web pages, directly interact with databases, file systems and networks, and execute application logic on the server — what we call "End-to-End Ajax".

To learn more, visit Aptana on the Web at http://www.aptana.com.

Aptana, the Aptana logo, End-To-End Ajax, Born to Script, Aptana Studio, RadRails, and Aptana Jaxer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aptana Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other product and company names and marks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

SOURCE Aptana Inc.

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