[erlang-questions] Volunteers wanted for new project

Maxim Treskin <>
Thu Jul 22 12:04:27 CEST 2010


Just what I think now:

Authentication:

reported by: <name> — An Jabber ID (GTalk or other XMPP-server).

Typical workflow:
1. User establishes XMPP-chat connection with service JID
2.1. XMPP scenario:
      * He sends whole resource description or starts new transaction and
add/edit fields of resource description then commits
2.2. HTTP scenario:
      * He sends request for HTTP address, service JID replies to with it
      * User goes to this address, fills resource description, submits
3. User has access to his record and edit it.

Service JID realises link between XMPP-frontend, HTTP-frontend and core of
service, based on RabbitMQ and Riak :)



On 22 July 2010 15:33, Joe Armstrong <> wrote:

> 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
>    scratch.
>
>         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
> following:
>
>           resource type: erlang
>           reported by: <name>
>           url: <url>
>           keywords: <k1,k2,k3>
>           description: <....>
>           <click>
>
> 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
> components)
>     - a hoster                                 (somebody needs to
> host the thing)
>     - a front end                              (handles HTTP and
> email requests)
>     - 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
>    favorite tools.
>
> 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.
>
>
> /Joe
>
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Maxim Treskin


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