[erlang-questions] Yaws

Henning Diedrich <>
Wed Jan 13 06:49:01 CET 2010


Yaws is awesome to me, in the true sense of the word and if that is of 
comfort - we are absolutely going to use Yaws to serve web pages and 
intranet stuff. That kind of went without saying. Already doing so 
actually by ways of the Scalaris control panel.


Steve Vinoski wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 10:39 PM, Henning Diedrich 
> < <mailto:>> wrote:
>     Steve Vinoski wrote:
>         I'd like to read Thomas's answer to your question, but I'd
>         also like to understand why you're even asking it -- why do
>         you feel mochiweb would be better than yaws for this application?
>     Sure: because my take had been that mochiweb was clearly a lower
>     level approach, presumably more direct, offering more control,
>     with less overhead? That may be wrong, I test drove both only
>     briefly and did not plumb their depths.
> I'm not sure that's a fair characterization. As Bob said in his 
> response, Yaws provides some higher-level services that may have been 
> a good fit for Thomas's use case, but that doesn't necessarily mean it 
> adds needless overhead to the base case or that it lacks direct control.
>     But I had made up my mind to start out using mochiweb for our
>     stuff for said reasons. And was wondering what was behind the
>     decision at Thomas' company.
> At the end of the day, I'm very glad to see anyone using either 
> mochiweb or yaws (or any other Erlang web server for that matter), 
> because it ultimately enhances the Erlang community and development 
> ecosystem. But as someone who works on yaws and also uses it for my 
> own applications (which btw are very low-level as far as web 
> applications go), I'm always interested in learning not only what 
> people are doing with it but also why others choose not to use it.
> thanks,
> --steve

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