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Mongrel, 2500 Lines, and Economics



In this presentation @ QCon London, Zed Shaw explains the impact Mongrel's 2500 lines of code have had. He also goes into what makes a project successful (good documentation, make the product is to install and extend, etc) and how companies can get on the good side of open source projects they use.


Zed A. Shaw's Mongrel Web Server is the favored way for organizations of all kinds to breathe life into their fledgling Ruby on Rails applications. Zed has been developing software for close to 14 years professionally and has worked in such industries as academics, security, government, and companies big and small.

About the conference

QCon is a conference that is organized by the community, for the community.The result is a high quality conference experience where a tremendous amount of attention and investment has gone into having the best content on the most important topics presented by the leaders in our community.QCon is designed with the technical depth and enterprise focus of interest to technical team leads, architects, and project managers.

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Feb 03, 2008

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  • Domain Specific Language about how we work.

    by Tom Dyer,

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    Yak Shaving, Code fisting, Steak & Strippers just perfect.

    I really liked this talk. This so reminds me of a couple of developers hanging out and having a laugh, or commiserating, about all the BS in the industry. At least when they can loosen up and resist the fear and taboo of "being negative".

    It's good that someone else has had, at least some, of my experiences with corporate stupidy, greed, fear and arrogant certainty that is just so common in this industry. Not to say anything about all the Hypo-manic entrepreneurs jerking us around with their plans of world domination.

    Zed's got a great domain specific language for communicating this stuff. I mean, Yak Shaving, just great. And so much of what so many of us do. Steak and Strippers, bloated garbage sold by corporate hucksters and fisted upon developers.

    It's just good that I can sit on my couch here watching Zed and have a good laugh about this craziness. I really wish I'd hear more talks like this, at conferences, meetings,... I just don't understand how things are going to get better unless we put this in air.

    Even so, I'm still having fun coding and getting all hyped up by the next new thing on the horizon.

    thanks Zed,

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