PhysicsFS is a library to provide abstract access to various archives. The programmer defines a "write directory" on the physical filesystem. No file writing done through the PhysicsFS API can leave that write directory, for security. For file reading, the programmer lists directories and archives that form a "search path". Once the search path is defined, it becomes a single, transparent, hierarchical filesystem. This makes for easy access to ZIP files in the same way as you access a file directly on the disk, and it makes it easy to ship a new archive that will override a previous archive on a per-file basis. Symbolic links can be disabled, for added safety. Finally, PhysicsFS gives you a platform- abstracted means to determine if CD-ROMs are available, the user's home directory, where in the real filesystem your program is running, etc.
MPI Ruby is a Ruby binding of MPI. The primary goal in making this binding was to make the power of MPI available to Ruby users in a way that fits into the language's object oriented model. In order to do this, the buffer and datatype management necessary in the C, C++, and Fortran bindings have been removed. What this means is that MPI Ruby allows you to treat objects as messages. MPI Ruby also aims to be a complete binding to MPI, in that it offers access to nearly all functionality of MPI.
ruby-tmpl is used for the online and offline creation of HTML, XML, and email documents. Like many other templating languages, ruby-tmpl lets you abstract the presentation from the actual content of a document. However, unlike other templating languages, ruby-tmpl also lets you perform offline processing of documents so that you can have your Web server serve static content created by templates as well as dynamic content. The templating language itself is fully XML-compliant and can safely be embedded in XML documents.
QuantLib is a cross-platform, quantitative finance C++ library for modeling, pricing, trading, and risk management in real-life. It is also wrapped as Python/Ruby/Scheme modules. Extensions for Excel, R, and Mathematica are available. Other such extensions are under consideration. QuantLib offers tools that are useful both for practical implementation and for advanced modeling. It features market conventions, yield curve models, solvers, PDEs, Monte Carlo (low-discrepancy included), exotic options, VAR, and so on.
pRuby is the ultimate glue code between PHP and Ruby which lets you use Ruby as a HTML-embedded, server-side scripting language. With pRuby, you can intermix PHP and Ruby to create dynamic web content. It features better startup speed than CGI and PHP, better execution speed than PHP, more powerful and less messier to program than PHP, cross-language function calls, and cross-language error handling.
quote.rb is a Ruby script which defines more than 70 quoters (basic string manipulation routines). Most quoters just add or remove backslashes at the appropriate place; others include hexdumps, checksums, simple encryptions, etc. quote.rb's main goal is to provide all quoters necessary for simple and advanced web programming (CGI and server-side scripting) in one place.