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 While I do have backups, the original source code is in a very outdated state so I currently don't feel it makes sense to try and get it running again.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 50.64


Rake is a Make-like program implemented in Ruby. Tasks and dependencies are specified in standard Ruby syntax. Rake has the following features: * Rakefiles (rake's version of Makefiles) are completely defined in standard Ruby syntax. No XML files to edit. No quirky Makefile syntax to worry about (is that a tab or a space?) * Users can specify tasks with prerequisites. * Rake supports rule patterns to synthesize implicit tasks. * Flexible FileLists that act like arrays but know about manipulating file names and paths. * A library of prepackaged tasks to make building rakefiles easier. For example, tasks for building tarballs and publishing to FTP or SSH sites. (Formerly tasks for building RDoc and Gems were included in rake but they're now available in RDoc and RubyGems respectively.) * Supports parallel execution of tasks.

 Rubygem rake
 Github jimweirich/rake
 Score 42.36


Thor is a toolkit for building powerful command-line interfaces.

 Rubygem thor
 Github wycats/thor
 Score 0.66


a class factory and dsl for generating command line programs real quick

 Rubygem main
 Github ahoward/main
 Score 0.23


Boson is a modular command/task framework. Thanks to its rich set of plugins, it differentiates itself from rake and thor by being usable from irb and the commandline, having optional automated views generated by hirb and allowing libraries to be written as plain ruby. Works with ruby >= 1.9.2

 Rubygem boson
 Github cldwalker/boson
 Score 0.08


Sake tastes great and helps maintain system-level Rake files.

 Rubygem sake
 Github defunkt/sake
 Score 0.04


Command line utility framework

 Rubygem lucie
 Github nucc/lucie