Launching patir has been a very enjoyable experience from a project management perspective. Apart from the fact that Rubyforge has a cracking team of admins (Tom Copeland must be given a medal!) that responds with lightning speed and always friendly, there are all those little tools provided by the Ruby community that make working with Rubyforge a breeze. Hoe is one of those tools. It makes packaging, releasing and announcing your releases really easy. You can get a crash intro into using Hoe from Jacob Harris' presentation
There are a few things though that one should have in mind and that are not covered (or are not that clear) in the Hoe documentation or Jacob's talk: Hoe is added as a dependency to the gem you create. The reason behind this is that once you install the gem you can run the unit tests with . You can remove this dependency with:
(courtesy of Christian Neukirchen).
rutema's Hoe spec also shows how to add extra dependencies and other Gem specification elements (the extradeps_ and specextras_ lines):
Hoe does make your life easier. Just check how fast rutema's 0.2 bugfix release was released after the initial 0.1 release (for the lazy among you: find bug, fix bug, update documentation, release - all in one hour and fortyfive minutes)