JRuby on Rails 3.2
I currently have to work on an application using JRuby on Rails 3.2. My background is 12+ years of Java centric web development using Eclipse or IntelliJ.
There are a few things that I love about working with Java in Eclipse or IntelliJ that I miss when working with Rails:
- Java’s backwards compatibility
- Java’s cross-platform consistency
- That Java has a static type system and is a compiled language
- The relatively rigid syntax of Java that prevents idiosyncratic DSLs
- Being able to control mutability, extensibility and visibility at compile-time (private, final)
- Java’s distinction of interfaces vs implementation classes
- Powerful auto-completion and Refactoring in the IDE
- Powerful code inspections and quickfixes in the IDE
- IDE and compiler feedback about mistakes and design flaws in my code
- The powerful and rich ORM features of JPA and Hibernate
Dynamic language fans might cringe at some of the points listed above. Feel free to provide constructive feedback or well-reasoned criticism.
There are however a couple of things that I like about Ruby on Rails 3.2:
- Dependency management using gems and bundler
- A very standardized project layout (directory structure and conventions)
- Code generation (as a convenient way to quickly create sample code)
- Out-of the box integration and support for JQuery, CoffeeScript, SASS
- Cool gems like colorbox-rails for turning a regular view into a modal dialog
- The asset pipeline
I am still in the early phase of my Rails experience and I will try to post more about it as things evolve.