Shaw in Montreal, 2008
Zed A. Shaw is a software developer most commonly known for creating the Mongrel web server for Ruby web applications, as well as his articles on technology, business, and technical communities. His most famous and well-covered piece was his article called "Rails is a Ghetto" which has since been removed from his site.
Shaw authored the Mongrel web server for Ruby web applications. Mongrel was the first web server used by Twitter, and inspired Node.js, according to its creator Ryan Dahl. Mongrel2 is the language-agnostic successor to Mongrel.
Learn Python The Hard Way 
Shaw is the author of Learn Python the Hard Way, an introduction to the language intended for beginning programmers, as well as a number of successors dealing with Ruby, C, SQL, and Regexes.
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- Arrington, Michael (01 Jan 2008). "Zed Shaw Puts The Smack Down On The Rails Community". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
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- "Rails is A Ghetto". Archived from the original on 03-11-2009.
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- Dziuba, Ted (3 July 2009). "Lamson - email app coding without the palm sweat". The Register. Retrieved 2012-12-24.