Since it's the last day of 2008, it seems like a good time to take a quick look at the number of plugins in the Rails plugin directory.
When I first created the plugin directory while at the Canada on Rails conference in April 2006, I started the database with 66 plugins scraped from the Ruby on Rails wiki. Since then, we've seen around 37 new plugins a month being added to the database. That's pretty cool, especially since I don't even catch all of them!
Check out this chart created by Xavier Noria for his presentation at the Conferencia Rails in Madrid in early November: