[erlang-questions] erlang-questions Digest, Vol 13, Issue 126

John Haugeland <>
Tue Jul 1 01:05:24 CEST 2008


> We (collectively) promised to help Alexander - I promised to provide him
with a
> rendering engine (in Erlang) for the wikipedia markup language.
>
> Before I start hacking has anybody done this before?

You're going to find this an extremely hard sell - I ran the idea past the
Wikipedians almost two years ago, with a semi-functional proof of concept,
and was basically booed out of the IRC channel on grounds that erlang/mnesia
don't have the kind of penetration that PHP/mysql do.

Also, it's my opinion that none of the currently available webservers (httpd
module, yaws, etc) are appropriately oriented towards near-nonexistence
(there's absolutely no reason for a site meant to replace Wikipedia to need
on-disk configuration or indeed any form of disk access, provided mnesia
access).  Of course, I'm in the middle of repairing that.

Still, good luck.
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