Language Bindings for Erlang Again
Joe Armstrong (AL/EAB)
Wed Jun 7 11:41:50 CEST 2006
Interesting - I heard a talk about RonR and afterwards asked the
speaker why RonR was so popular.
He thought for a bit and said something like:
"it's because the tight integration with a data base.
The RonR view of a web application is that the web application
is always driven by a data-base, so tight integration with a DB is
essential. Using RonR you get a lot for free - given a data base
schema you can automatically generate a lot of goodies"
Now I have no experience that can verify if this statement was true or
but it did sound like a good idea.
So the question is given a database schema, how much could we generate
from the schema alone?
I guess forms for data entry, and data table interrogation + queries
should come for free.
If we add a meta-language for layout and validation, we could generate a
lot for free. Suppose we were to say that
generated HTML forms with CSS selectors that were (say)
... x entry ...
... y entry ...
And suppose we added meta-data describing who can read/write what data
fields with/without authentication, and how the fields are typed then I
think we could get
a lot of mileage from little effort.
Just describing the mnesia tables in some declarative language, and then
being able to
automatically generate a load of forms to manipulate this data would be
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto:] On Behalf Of Yariv Sadan
> Sent: den 3 juni 2006 00:15
> To: Michel Urvoy
> Subject: Re: Language Bindings for Erlang Again
> > The other point of view is to open Erlang to other
> language, because
> > what is to notice about Erlang? Everybody says that it's a very
> > attractive language, but as far as I can see, it is very few used.
> > This is the paradox of Erlang.
> > For example, there is now millions of web site, but who
> knows one site
> > written in Erlang?
> I know of a site: http://yaws.hyber.org/ :)
> Seriously, though, I have wondered about the same question.
> If Erlang is so well suited for distributed applications
> (which are most non-trivial web applications), why is it not
> more popular? My theory is that the barrier to entry is too
> high. If you're a PHP programmer, there just isn't an easy
> way for you to hit the ground running if you want to create a
> web app in Erlang. You have to invest quite a lot of time
> into learning Erlang, OTP, Mnesia and Yaws, and all together
> this is quite intimidating.
> I think Erlang would get much more popular if it had a
> framework similar to Ruby on Rails. Before Ruby on Rails,
> relatively few programmers have used Ruby, but the success of
> Ruby on Rails has made the Ruby language quite popular. I
> think the same can happen with Erlang if Erlang had such a framework.
> As a first step towards such a framework, I thought about
> writing a script that would take a .hrl file, parse its
> record definitions (representing database objects), and then
> generate all the code required to set up a simple web app
> using Mnesia and Yaws. This would help newcomers overcome the
> initial barrier to entry for Erlang web development.
> That's my 2c :)
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