Emacs for Rails

This tutorial is a bit out dated now.  I have created a new version of it over on my new blog which is an updated version of this one.

If you are interested in setting up Emacs on Windows, OS X or even in a terminal specifically for Rails development, this 5 part series of posts is for you.

Starting as a total Emacs newbie, I install it on OS X and Windows with the goal of making it the ideal platform independent development for Rails development. Setting Emacs up for Rails is a great way to learn the both basics of the editor and some more advanced features. If you have been toying with the idea of learning what Emacs is all about follow along and before you know it you will not longer be a Emacs newbie!

  • Part one discusses why I chose to learn Emacs
  • Part two gets Emacs installed and some other essential details
  • Part three gets the Emacs Code Browser installed – one of the most useful features!
  • Part four gets some Ruby specific features installed plus a little compile magic
  • Part five finally gets the full blown Rails integration working

If you liked these articles and use Oracle in your day job, you may also be interested in how to connect to SQLPLUS in Emacs.


8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. link[rel=’developer’] » Who needs TextMate?  |  July 19, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    […] There’s a great post over here that will walk you through the details… don’t forget to read the comments as well. If you need more help, or want more detail, read this short five-part series. […]

  • 2. JaredN  |  August 22, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks for this excellent post. It saved me a huge amount of time.

  • 3. GSIY … Ruby-Rails Portal  |  September 14, 2007 at 3:30 am

    […] This is useful : https://sodonnell.wordpress.com/the-emacs-newbie-guide-for-rails/ […]

  • 4. tnyplz  |  October 21, 2007 at 5:01 am

    These tutorials really helped me out Thanks!

  • 5. Tony Pelaez’s Blog » Blog Archive » Rails on Emacs  |  October 21, 2007 at 5:12 am

    […] Follow This 5 Step Tutorial. I found this great tutorials after hours of scowring the web, but just getting more confused. It is pretty simple to follow, the only trouble I had with it was getting my folder in ecb to work when I clicked them with my mouse. Turns out its the middle mouse button that you have to press by default. […]

  • 6. Michael Nielsen » Biweekly links for 02/25/2008  |  February 25, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    […] Emacs for Rails « Software bits and pieces […]

  • 7. neel  |  January 25, 2011 at 10:09 am

    to be honest it was too much for my small barin to setup rails on my win-xp…. thanks man for your help…keep up the great work…once again thanks

  • 8. neel  |  January 25, 2011 at 10:09 am

    that was brain not barin…thanks again


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