>> I like the purity of the idea of a "pure Ruby" library, but I am
>> suffering the consequences and even considering jumping to Python; the
>> pain is getting to be too much.

>check out the speed gains one can get with FasterCSV and reconsider - and it's
>still pure ruby

Sounds promising. I particularly like the sound of "Faster", in
"FasterCSV". 

thanks for that

Greg