I'm announcing Hirb, a mini view framework which enables script/
console to provide custom views.
Out of the box your activerecord objects come back as ascii tables.
You can also configure your tree-based models to return as ascii
> >-- Bignum
> `-- Fixnum
I've written two tutorials on it: http://tagaholic.me/2009/03/13/hirb-irb-on-the-good-stuff.html
It's also got some decent documentation: http://tagaholic.me/hirb/doc/
To try it out: gem install cldwalker-hirb --source http://gems.github.com