Vladimir Dozen wrote:
>    I'm new in Ruby (three days), but I'm rather experienced
>    C++ and Java programmer. I plan to implement an application
>    that will have a hundred (or so) classes in separate files
>    (the reason to put them separately and not in single file is
>    that most of them will duplicate each other with slightly
>    different strategy, and main class will load those required
>    for current task).
> 
>    The problem is that directory with all these files looks a bit
>    messy; in Java, I would create JAR-archive and put all files there;
>    thus, I could distribute single file. Java can load classes directly
>    from JAR.
> 
>    Can I get matching or similar feature with Ruby?

This is what RubyGems is supposed to be all about. See:

   http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/raa-list.rhtml?name=RubyGems
   http://www.rubygarden.org/ruby?RubyGems

Curt