I took part of the Rails Girls Amsterdam event and I'm helping to organize such an event in Hamburg at the moment.
When I was in Amsterdam I got the impression, that using Komodo as the text editor wasn't very useful because most of the coaches didn't know how to use it. So I was wondering if you would consider switching to Sublime Text? It's available for all operating systems and it's free for "evaluating". And it would probably be the right editor to continue programming anyway.
I could prepare a pull request but maybe I'm missing some reason why Komodo should be used in favor of Sublime Text?
Komodo Edit does have the advantage that it's free in perpetuity…
I think it's mostly b/c of what @k33l0r said.
When I was helping at the Berlin event, i myself had troubles with Komodo because I use Sublime, and I swear by it - the editor is amazing.
Sublime Text 2 costs 59€.
But you can download and use it for free for some time - so it would not be any problem to use it for an event as Railsgirls.
And like Meike said: most coaches will be able to use it better than Komodo (and maybe most of the Girls that stick with Rails will try it anyway),
The problem I see is that the 59€ cost might discourage people from continuing after the course.
Which ever editor is chosen, some coaches will be unfamiliar with it. Coaches who use Vim, Emacs, or TextMate will likely be just as lost in Sublime as in Komodo.
Of course if someone could get Sublime Text to sponsor RailsGirls events with licenses, that would be be fairly cool (at least in my opinion).
I'd like to support @weidenfreak's point - The thing is that nobody I know knows someone who knows someone who ever actually used Komodo Edit in real life.
So we're actually promoting an editor that has, from what I can see, very little popularity in the ruby/rails community. I find this problematic.
And now that Textmate 2 got open sourced: https://github.com/textmate/textmate we have another (free) option to discuss... (though I do not know if it is already stable enough, to run a workshop with it right now).
@halfbyte and @weidenfreak both have good points.
I have little experience with either but Sublime Text looks much easier for beginners than Komodo Edit and I agree that it should be the default choice, regardless of licensing issues.
Furthermore the website clearly states "There is currently no enforced time limit for the evaluation." and I had no problems helping attendees with it even though I personally use MacVim.
I'm actually beginning to favour switching the guides to use Sublime Text 2. Good points have been made here.
In Hamburg many of the teams used Sublime Text 2. I let my team decide what to use - and they wanted to use the editor we use for work as well. The editor was not a barrier at all. The girls quickly adapted to "CMD + T" to open new files and that part of the workshop went smooth!
The main problem is that Sublime Text 2 is not free. But you can use it for free forever, you just need to click on the nagging popup once in a while.
I guess even with the problem of not being free Sublime Text is our best choice for the workshops, so if somebody wants to prepare a pull request it would be great.
Like I said in the beginning, I'd happily prepare a pull request. If no one objects I could prepare one tomorrow.
And by the way: I tried @k33l0r suggestion and wrote an email to the sublime text team asking about rails girls sponsoring. But sadly, I got no reply.
Changes made in pull request #32.