I've started work on a Ruby Gem for accessing the vanilla bitcoin client. It uses the CLI interface and it currently has support for about half of the API calls.
The gem will make it possible to integrate bitcoin transactions into, amongst others, Ruby on Rails applications. It's still a work in progress, but this will make it easier for those looking to build custom sites with bitcoin support. I will be building a site that makes use of the gem very soon which will allow me to bugfix and experiment. I also intend to build in some utility functions that will help organise transactions.
See my blog post about it here
, the source code here
and the download and documentation here
I'll try to post updates here as I progress. Feel free to ask questions about it or make suggestions.
Oh, and by way of introduction, since this is my first post, this is me