Dear NetBeans Community:
After thorough consideration, we have taken the difficult step to discontinue support for Ruby and Ruby on Rails in the NetBeans IDE. Two main issues underpin this decision:
Java SE 7 and Java Development Kit 7 (JDK 7) are the next major releases of the Java SE platform, which Oracle is committed to deliver in 2011. A key objective of the NetBeans IDE has always been to offer superior support for the Java platform. To maintain that objective and capitalize on the JDK 7 release themes–multi-language support, developer productivity and performance–it is necessary that our engineering resources are committed to a timely and quality release of NetBeans IDE 7.0.
Second: Although our Ruby support has historically been well received, based on existing low usage trends we are unable to justify the continued allocation of resources to support the feature.
As of January 27, the Ruby module will be gone from development builds of NetBeans IDE 7.0. Developers who want to continue to use Ruby and Ruby on Rails functionalities in the NetBeans IDE should please visit the NetBeans Ruby Support page for details on how to do so going forward.
We remain committed to delivering a first-class product to our community of developers and users, and we encourage your feedback on our mailing lists and forums, on Twitter, or by writing to us.
Thank you for your continued support of NetBeans.
The NetBeans Team