[erlang-questions] wkipedia rendering engine

Joe Armstrong <>
Mon Jun 30 13:23:05 CEST 2008

Followup to myself.

I guess the wikipedia is stored internally in the format that is
presented to the users for editing
ie in MetaWiki markup language.

Is there a REST interface so that I can retreive the latest version of
the MetaWiki markup for a specific page with, for example,
a wget command.

Has anybody made an erlang interface to scrape individual pages from
the wikipedia - or to bulk convert the entire
wikipedia to erlang terms :-)


On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM, Joe Armstrong <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I was at the erlang exchange and heard the *magnificant*  talk
> "Building a transactional distributed data store with Erlang", by
> Alexander Reinefeld.
> I'll be blogging this as soon as I have the URL of the video of the talk.
> (in advance of this there was talk at the google conference on scalability
> http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6526287646296437003&q=erlang+scalable&ei=cZ9oSLiDNIiCiwLL9fGwCA&hl=en
> oh and they also seem to have won the SCALE 2008 prize at the
> CCGrid conferense in Lyon but there is zero publicity about this AFAICS
> )
> 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?
> /Joe Armstrong


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