Zed Shaw and the Rails ghetto

If you have been living in a cave, or just taking a few days off as I did, you might have missed the rant from Zed Shaw, of Mongrel fame. Parental advisory applies: if you don’t like strong language, and if you don’t understand what rants are really about, you should probably steer clear from that page. But if you care about IT, Open Source communities and the issues around the crazy and stupid consulting world, Zed’s post is a must read. It’s a long read, but once you filter the swearwords and the bile out, the distilled information is definitely useful stuff.

I don’t subscribe to most of it, and I definitely think he went over the top even for a rant, but they guy surely has a few notable points and is clearly able to show how, in may ways, our industry sector sucks. More to follow.

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3 thoughts on “Zed Shaw and the Rails ghetto”

  1. Personally, I stopped reading after a while. I won’t mind missing any notable points if they can’t be presented in a more civilized manner.

    BR,

    Jukka Zitting

  2. Jukka: the first part is pretty bad and unfortunately keeps people from reading the more interesting parts starting at “DHH Still Rocks More Than You”.

  3. mi si perdoni l’italiano ma con l’inglese non riuscirei ad esprimermi con la dovuta precisione.

    Non l’avevo perso quel post e l’ho trovato molto interessante, mi spiace solo di non essermi gustato fino in fondo ogni singolo insulto 😉 (sempre per la mia non perfetta conoscenza della lingua).

    Al di là delle battute, ritengo sia stata una delle letture più utili che io abbia fatto da un bel po’ di tempo a questa parte. Non tanto per il contenuto che posso o meno condividere ma per l’onestà e la schiettezza delle sue parole che hanno ravvivato il mio senso critico. Di natura tendo a prendere quel che mi si dice per oro colato e ogni tanto mi ci vuole uno scossone come questo che mi ricordi che è opportuno mettere un pochino in discussione ogni cosa.

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