How to Install Aptana RadRails on Ubuntu

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How to Install Aptana RadRails on Ubuntu
RadRails can be used to build both Ruby- and Rails-based applications. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Aptana RadRails is a free, open source integrated development environment (IDE) for Ruby and Rails applications. RadRails is a cross-platform application available on Windows, Mac OS and Linux systems, including Ubuntu. RadRails feature a coding assistant, an integrated debugger and an outliner. RadRails also includes extensive support for HTML, CSS and JavaScript editing.

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Things you need

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Root access to computer

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  1. 1

    Download Aptana Radrails from the Aptana downloads website. Extract the downloaded archive to your home directory.

  2. 2

    On the computer's panel, select "File" and then "Administration." Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for "default-jdk." Download and install "default-jdk" and all of the required dependencies if they are not already installed. This is the Java Development Kit for Ubuntu and it is needed to run RadRails.

  3. 3

    From the computer's panel, select "File" and then "Accessories" and open the Terminal application and type: "sudo apt-get install ruby rdoc irb libyaml-ruby libzlib-ruby ri libopenssl-ruby ruby1.8-dev" without the quotation marks to download the Ruby architecture. Ruby is a programming language used in RadRails.

  4. 4

    Return to the Terminal prompt. Enter and execute the following lines, one at a time: "wget"; then "tar xzvf rubygems-1.0.1.tgz"; then cd rubygems-1.0.1"; then sudo ruby setup.rb"; then sudo gem update --system"; then sudo ln -s /usr/bin/gem1.8 /usr/bin/ge".

  5. 5

    Create the first Rails application in Terminal without using "sudo." Enter "$ ~/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/bin/rails/path/to/new/railsapp," but replace "/path/to/new/railsapp" with the location of where you want the application source code to live (such as /home/myhome/rails/myapp). Open the RadRails folder in your home directory and select AptanaRadRails, then navigate to the newly created Rails application folder.

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