"Sam" <ruby / datanet.ath.cx> wrote in message 
news:4748548A.4050708 / datanet.ath.cx...
> Being a new Ruby user, and a brand new programmer (which isn't working
> out so well), I am curious as to what all everyone here is using Ruby
> for.  I am looking for some ideas as to what kind of programs I should
> attempt to make so I though it would be cool if we could all discuss
> what we have made with Ruby.

    Most of my Ruby programs are for administering data of some kind. 
Sadly, I can't write a Ruby program to cook my breakfast.  Some examples 
that I can think of, off the top of my mind:


- Fixing my iTunes library so that all proper nouns have their prepositions 
in lower case.
- Finding all duplicate files in a directory
- Writing a program that can perform a command-line action on every file in 
a directory.  Used for many things, such as renaming all images from my 
digital camera from DSCF0001, DSCF0002, etc... to company_picnic_01, 
company_picnic_01, etc...
- Renaming all my manga files and collecting them into .tar files by chapter 
and then properly naming the .tar files, including the chapter name.  Yes, 
I'm anal retentive, so perhaps Ruby is more useful to me than to most.  If 
you don't know what manga is, I suggest looking it up on the wikipedia!
- I scraped all the music information of my iTunes library from MusicBrainz 
so that I can figure out what year all my songs came out in.  Now I can 
listen to all my music from the eighties, nineties, or specifically 1990.  U 
can't touch this!
- I programmed a psychological experiment to perform on my friends.  Many of 
them even stayed friends...


    If you have a computer, surely there are many things that need to get 
done, right?