Zed Shaw

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Zed Shaw
Zed Shaw in Montreal cropped.jpg
Shaw in Montreal, 2008
Occupation Software developer

Zed A. Shaw is a software developer most commonly known for creating the Mongrel web server for Ruby web applications,[1] 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"[2][3] which has since been removed from his site.[4]


Shaw authored the Mongrel web server for Ruby web applications.[5] Mongrel was the first web server used by Twitter, and inspired Node.js, according to its creator Ryan Dahl.[6] Mongrel2 is the language-agnostic successor to Mongrel.

He has also written a Python mail server called Lamson,[7] on which the mailing list site LibreList is built.

Learn Code the Hard Way[edit]

Shaw is the author of learncodethehardway.org, which offers to teach users Python, Ruby, C, and SQL.[8]


  1. ^ Mallett, Steve (17 May 2006). "Zed on Ruby, Rails, Mongrel, and More". O'Reilly. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  2. ^ Arrington, Michael (1 Jan 2008). "Zed Shaw Puts The Smack Down On The Rails Community". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  3. ^ Manchester, Phil (8 Jan 2008). "Uncertainty for Ruby and Rails despite changes: Zed rails, Bray dizzy". The Register. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Rails is A Ghetto". Archived from the original on 2009-11-03. 
  5. ^ Eyler, Pat (24 Aug 2006). "Making waves in the Ruby world". Linux Journal. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  6. ^ Synodinos, Dio (13 Dec 2010). "Deep inside Node.js with Ryan Dahl". InfoQ. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  7. ^ Dziuba, Ted (3 July 2009). "Lamson - email app coding without the palm sweat". The Register. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  8. ^ Zed, Shaw. "About Learn Code The Hard Way". Retrieved 2015-03-27. 

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