Im a little amazed that this hasn't been brought up yet...

It could be a MASSIVE pr stunt for the ruby community....

Google is having a programming contest...

The challenge:
Google is providing a selection of about 900,000 web pages in pre-parsed
and raw format, together with a "ripper" program that provides a
framework for processing the pre-parsed data. Your mission is to write a
program (most likely by adding code to the ripper) that does something
interesting with the data, in such a way that it would scale to a
web-sized collection of documents. Part of your job is to convince us of
why your program is interesting and why it will scale; other than that,
you're free to implement whatever strikes your fancy.


Check it out...and hopefully someone will make a ruby wrapper for the
ripper program google is supplying...

http://www.google.com/programming-contest/
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/02/06/2025229&mode=thread

Mikkel Bruun