One of the things that made me fall in love with Ruby and Rails is the fact that if you're thinking to yourself "there's got to be an easier way to do this", there probably is. The Ruby community does a great job of fulfilling the lazyness virtue. If something seems hard to do, chances are some pioneering Rubyist has already done it and open sourced it. Between RubyGems, GitHub and StackOverflow, we've got a great toolbox to pull from.
One of the problems I still haven't found a great tool for is transforming complex hashes. I'm not sure if I'm not Googling the right thing, not looking in the right places, or just not thinking outside the box enough but every time I have to transform a hash, it comes out looking kludgy. But still, some code is better than others. Let's take a look at a method I wrote recently.