This short cut is an introduction and guide to Mongrel, a fast, versatile Ruby Web server. If you build or manage Web applications, this will be a useful reference as you set up and use Mongrel in your development and production environments, as well as a handbook for how you can extend Mongrel to suit your own needs.
In addition to covering how to use and extend Mongrel, we also review a number of topics that we consider "Best Practices" for modern software development, deployment, and performance testing. We discuss these in the context of using Mongrel, but they should be considered applicable to any software project. Our own work has always benefited from seeing the techniques of others, so we hope that sharing the experience, approach, and philosophy that went into designing and developing Mongrel will be interesting and helpful for your own pursuits.