Bad news. The server hosting The Ruby Toolbox went bust on the evening of June 7th. While I do have backups, the original source code is in a very outdated state so I currently don't feel it makes sense to try and get it running again.

For the time being, here is a very stripped down version of the Ruby Toolbox's contents.

Update June 13th: I'd like to invite you to join the discussion on the future of the Toolbox on github. You can also get in touch directly on Twitter.

 Score 1.72


This gem allows you to use sharded databases with ActiveRecord. This also provides a interface for replication and for running migrations with multiples shards.

 Rubygem ar-octopus
 Github tchandy/octopus
 Score 0.73


DbCharmer is a Rails plugin (and gem) that could be used to manage AR model connections, implement master/slave query schemes, sharding and other magic features many high-scale applications need.

 Rubygem db-charmer
 Score 0.47


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Connection proxy for ActiveRecord for single master / multiple slave database deployments

 Rubygem multi_db
 Score 0.17

Data fabric

Sharding and replication support for ActiveRecord

 Rubygem data_fabric

ActiveRecord sharding extension

 Score 0.04