CodeGear Gives Debugger to Eclipse

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2008-03-04 Print this article Print

At the SD West 2008 show, the company also announces a new version of its IDE for Ruby on Rails.

CodeGear, a division of Borland Software, is contributing a debugger to the Eclipse Foundation.

CodeGear announced March 3 at the SD West 2008 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., that it funded the development of a new, fast Ruby debugger based on the ruby-debug gem.

A CodeGear spokesman said the company believes that a high-performance debugger is an essential part of every developer's tool kit, and company leaders wanted to fill this need.

The new debugger includes all of the features developers might expect in a modern debugger, including stepping, run to breakpoint, smart step, variable introspection, hot swap, remote debugging and a free-form expression analyzer, company officials said. This contribution has been underwritten by CodeGear and implemented by, the company behind the DLTK (Dynamic Languages Toolkit) project. The entire debugger is being contributed to as part of DLTK, CodeGear officials said.

Read here Darryl Taft's interview with CodeGear's CEO. 

CodeGear also announced Version 1.1 of its 3rdRail IDE (integrated development environment) for Ruby on Rails. It includes the debugger integrated into 3rdRail with full support for Rails 2.0, Rails refactorings and conversion tools to move applications from Rails 1.x to 2.x. 

In addition, the commercial product contains value-add 3rdRail fast debugger features not found in the open-source edition, such as being fully integrated with 3rdRail IDE, as well as support for both Ruby and Rails, embedded Ruby debugging, RHTML or HTML for embedded Ruby, and detailed formatters for Ruby and Rails specific data structures.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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