Volunteers wanted for new project
Thu Jul 22 10:33:45 CEST 2010
Volunteers wanted --
So here's a little project that I'd like to do (hobby hack #3367 :-)
Here's the problem:
The other day I wanted to see if anybody had written a parser for
C in Erlang. I did not know of such a parser, so I Googled a bit
and turned up nothing. I posted to the Erlang list - after a few
days I got a tip that lead me some code that almost did what I
wanted - a much better starting point than hacking the thing from
This is crazy - almost exactly what I want had already been
written 4 years ago - but a Google search did not reveal it,
nor was it in any catalogs. I didn't know about this (I knew
about jungerl) (of course). Now I'm hardly an Erlang newby so
if I can't find it (or even know about it) how can a real
Erlang newby find anything?
What I want is a "report a resource" thing on the web.
All you should have to do is go to a web site fill in a form with the
resource type: erlang
reported by: <name>
Or send email to some web site.
I guess you'd need some sort of authentication so that spammers
could not hijack your <name> Some kind of voting or reputation
system could be used to rank resources depending upon who voted
for them ...
We also need a search engine to answer resource queries.
My guess is that a reputation based system would be pretty good. I
don't want to name names but we all know that if <XYZ> recommended
something it must be pretty good.
So if this doesn't exist I think we should build it as a group effort.
Even if it does exist we should build it, I'll tell you why later.
Volunteers are needed for the various bits:
- an architect (decides on the
interfaces, the components)
- an integrator (takes delivery of the
- a hoster (somebody needs to
host the thing)
- a front end (handles HTTP and
- a database/query backend (handles queries)
- admin / authorization / anti-spam stuff (handles security)
- an artist /css guru (makes the site beautiful)
- a few programmers
This project sounds simple - actually it *is* simple - I can hear
you thinking "I could do this is 5 minutes with lamp/RoR/mySQL/PHP
..." but it gives an excellent opportunity to try and make an
infinitely scalable-flexable thing and try integrating our
We could do a simple yaws/menisia/vanilla HTML solution or
a Riak/couchDB/rabbit/nitrogen/xmpp thingy
RATHER THAN MAKING A FANCY-WEB SITE USING SIMPLE TECHNOLOGIES WE
MAKE A VERY VERY SIMPLE WEB-SITE WITH FANCY TECHNOLOGIES.
THE KICKER IS THAT WE TRY TO MAKE IT INFINITELY SCALABLE,
INFINITELY FAULT-TOLERANT, AMAZINGLY EASY TO SCALE AND DEPLOY.
This is why this should be a collaborative effort - rather than
a one man hack - this is to *force* collaboration between
the couch and the rabbits of the Erlang world.
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