Dear Rubyists,

We are pleased to announce that five codefest grants will be awarded
this year, in the first Ruby Central Codefest Grant Program.

Below (in no particular order) are the titles of the five projects,
together with the name of the applicant and some excerpts from the
applicant's description of the project.  Thanks and congratulations to
the grant recipients.  We're looking forward to seeing the results!


David Black
Chad Fowler
Rich Kilmer
for Ruby Central, Inc.


Codefest Grant recipients:


1. Ruby Displaytag (Dave Tiu)

A port to Ruby/Rails of a popular Java/Struts library for displaying
and interacting with HTML table presentations.


2. Ruby/AGG and Ruby/View (Andrey Melnik)

This will be a wrapper library for AGG (http://antigrain.com) allowing
users to draw high-quality graphics.  Later this will be a base for
Ruby-centric GUI toolkit similar to Rebol/view which is also based on
AGG


3. Gambit (James Edward Gray II)

Gambit is pure Ruby framework for building multiplayer Web games
offering two key services:  Game management and design tools.  Gambit
can manage player's accounts, game hosting and joining, player
histories, in-game communication systems and out-of-game notifications
for in-game activities.


4. Ruby Bindings to Lucene Search Engine (Brian McCallister)

Provide Ruby bindings to the Lucene (http://jakarta.apache.org/lucene/)
search engine via SWIG and GCJ.


5. RubyGems cleanup and enhancement (Ryan Davis)

Rubygems is a very powerful system for ruby package management but is
still rather rough around the edges. Getting rubygems well-polished
will make it more widely accepted and increase the chance of getting
it included in the standard ruby library. This would be a huge benefit
to both users and developers.