CodeZoo is a site for any developer who wants to avoid writing code. We believe the best code is the code you don’t have to write—the pieces already done for you, as well or better as you would do them yourself.
CodeZoo exists to help you find high-quality, freely available, reusable components, getting you past the repetitive parts of coding, and onto the rest and the best of your projects. It’s a fast-forward button for your compiler.
This is something that the Ruby community badly needed: a centralized place where Ruby packages can be categorized, reviewed, rated, and commented on. CodeZoo goes beyond even this with download tracking, RSS feeds, and much more.
This is an excellent compliment to RubyForge. RubyForge is an excellent home for open source Ruby projects, but provides no way to review, rate, or comment on Ruby packages. This makes it hard to find things and determine the quality of what you do find.
What would be really useful would be some basic cross-site integration between CodeZoo and RubyForge. I’m going to think about what could be done here and see if I can cajole the masters of both sites to cooperate for the benefit of us Ruby developers. But even as things stand today, this is a major step forward.
What you can do
The benefit of CodeZoo comes from us, the Ruby developers, when we add to its knowledge base. Please take some time to go to CodeZoo and review, comment, and rate various Ruby packages. O’Reilly has put a lot of effort into this site. Now its up to us to make it truly useful.