1.2. Zed Sez
We have created a special feature in this book called Zed Sez. Mongrel is certifiably Opinionated Software, and Zed Shaw, the author of Mongrel and coauthor of this short cut, is an Opinionated Developer. Mongrel represents somewhat of a "Best Hits" of the practices and techniques he has refined over time in his work. He wields his no-nonsense, pragmatic approach without fear or hesitation (as anyone on the Mongrel mailing list can attest), so we feel it is only appropriate to make space for some of Zed's rants to give you a real taste of what Mongrel is all about. You will see little sidebars throughout the book that come right from the heart (Zed even drew his own head). You may not agree with everything he says, but you probably should.