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 While I do have backups, the original source code is in a very outdated state so I currently don't feel it makes sense to try and get it running again.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 1.25


Seed Fu is an attempt to once and for all solve the problem of inserting and maintaining seed data in a database. It uses a variety of techniques gathered from various places around the web and combines them to create what is hopefully the most robust seed data system around.

 Rubygem seed-fu
 Github mbleigh/seed-fu
 Score 0.74


Extends Rails seeds to split out complex seeds into multiple files and lets each environment have it's own seeds.

 Rubygem seedbank
 Score 0.46


Mass populate an Active Record database.

 Rubygem populator
 Github ryanb/populator
 Score 0.17


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 Score 0.08


Create seed files for each model from your database data.

 Score 0.01

Has alter ego

has_alter_ego makes it possible to keep seed and live data transparently in parallel. In contrast to other seed data approaches has_alter_ego synchronizes the seed definitions with your database objects automagically unless you've overridden it in the database.

 Score 0.01


Packages up code needed to pull data from YAML files when seeding, and adds a process log.

 Rubygem dibber
 Github reggieb/Dibber