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 While I do have backups, the original source code is in a very outdated state so I currently don't feel it makes sense to try and get it running again.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.


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Strip attributes

StripAttributes automatically strips all ActiveRecord model attributes of leading and trailing whitespace before validation. If the attribute is blank, it strips the value to nil.

 Score 0.36


ActiveRecord/Mongoid enums with i18n

 Rubygem symbolize
 Github nofxx/symbolize
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Nilify blanks

AutoStripAttributes helps to remove unnecessary whitespaces from ActiveRecord or ActiveModel attributes. It's good for removing accidental spaces from user inputs. It works by adding a before_validation hook to the record. It has option to set empty strings to nil or to remove extra spaces inside the string.

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Clean up your incoming ActiveRecord model attributes

 Rubygem scrubby

A wrapper to make automatic sanitization of incoming data easier. Uses the sanitize gem and works in both plain Ruby and Rails projects.

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Attributes marked with the attr_symbol method can be set using strings or symbols, but when accessed will always return symbols.

 Rubygem attr_symbol
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Ruby (and Rails) attribute cleaning support, provides some nice and easy to enhance default normalization strategies.

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Normatron is a Ruby On Rails plugin that perform attribute normalizations for ActiveRecord objects. With it you can normalize attributes to the desired format before saving them in the database. This gem inhibits the work of having to override attributes or create a specific method to perform most of the normalizations.

 Rubygem normatron
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Strip control chars

a small ActiveRecord plugin that removes ASCII control chars from attributes

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Work in progress, this will be a generic attribute sanitizer which can be used for sanitizing models and other objects holding data

 Rubygem clean_room