appendix C. Tools and Utilities
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
The modern programmer typically has a small arsenal of tools at his disposal to make his job easier. These may include everything from simple debuggers to full integrated development environments (IDEs).
At the time of this writing, there is rather a shortage of such tools for Ruby. This situation, of course, will continue to improve as time goes on.
Everything here can be found in the Ruby Application Archive. Begin at the Ruby home page (www.ruby-lang.org), which will always link to the archive.
We present here an overview of many of the tools that are available as of summer 2001.
We've divided these items into five categories: Programming aids, RAD tools and IDEs, miscellaneous interactive tools, Ruby online documentation, and documentation aids. To learn about any of these, a Web search is your best bet for up-to-date information.