DateNormalizer is a very simple class coded in almost 5 minutes to solve the problem to convert a string like '12-ott-2321' in a ruby Time object.
Please note that no sanity checks are perfomed over the string and the month names allowed are in Italian only and in the short 3 letters format.
Consider this code as new BSD licensed.
I blogged about this gist in my blog (http://thesp0nge.com/2011/05/19/convertitore_da_data_in_stringa_in_oggetto_time.html). Sorry, Italian only.
Thanks to @weppos - (http://www.simonecarletti.com) for the code improvement and review.