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Apr 8, 2012, 6:15 PM

Tags: domino

Well, I think the new blog has gone relatively smoothly, other than my accidental re-posting of my SQL-migration post (which oddly seems more popular than its first run, just one day earlier). That means it's time to get started on the next phases.

Other than the mundane setting-up-a-blog stuff like implementing search and proper draft posts, I have a lot of work to do surrounding my Ruby bindings. Since I'm going to eventually want Ruby "script libraries" and other handy non-inline uses, I'm going to need a proper Ruby editor. TextMate-via-WebDAV is OKAY, but not exactly elegant, and it involves too much overhead and awkwardness to be a great solution. Better would be to get DLTK - which has Ruby syntax highlighting - working in Designer.

On my first attempts, I ran into problems where using DLTK's update site demands an updated version of Eclipse, which could mean disaster for Designer. However, it turns out that GLTK has been part of mainline Eclipse for a while, so I figured I'd check to see if I could get to it via another route. Evidently, Designer 8.5.3 is based on Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede), so I added Ganymede's update site to Designer's plugin installation list and, lo and behold, Ruby was there in the "Programming Languages" section. It still required the 3.4 version of org.eclipse.core, but, having backed up my Windows VM for this purpose, I felt daring. I clicked "Select Required" to select all applicable dependencies and hit Yes as many times as it took to finish the installation. After rebooting Designer, I found that Ruby scripts are now all fancily colored:

Ruby in Designer

If you'd like to try this yourself, I strongly suggest you do as I did and make a backup copy of your Windows VM first (or do whatever it is people who use Windows as their host OS do when they're about to ruin their system). Designer can be very picky about what plugins you install.

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