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 While I do have backups, the original source code is in a very outdated state so I currently don't feel it makes sense to try and get it running again.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 7.03


Chronic is a natural language date/time parser written in pure Ruby.

 Rubygem chronic
 Github mojombo/chronic
 Score 0.54

Chronic Duration

A simple Ruby natural language parser for elapsed time. (For example, 4 hours and 30 minutes, 6 minutes 4 seconds, 3 days, etc.) Returns all results in seconds. Will return an integer unless you get tricky and need a float. (4 minutes and 13.47 seconds, for example.) The reverse can also be performed via the output method.

 Score 0.17


Extracts date, time, and message information from naturally worded text.

 Rubygem nickel
 Github lzell/nickel
 Score 0.16


Tickle is a date/time helper gem to help parse natural language into a recurring pattern. Tickle is designed to be a compliment of Chronic and can interpret things such as "every 2 days, every Sunday, Sundays, Weekly, etc.

 Rubygem tickle
 Score 0.13


A dirt simple library for parsing and formatting human readable dates

 Rubygem kronic
 Score 0.04



 Score 0.01


Includes a parse method on String object

 Rubygem text_parser