[erlang-questions] newbie web-development advice / guidance

OvermindDL1 <>
Fri Aug 5 22:11:19 CEST 2011


On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 2:48 PM, Loïc Hoguin <> wrote:
> On 08/03/2011 10:35 PM, Rapsey wrote:
>> Yeah I never liked nitrogen records either. I don't know how others
>> build sites, but at my company the client side steps are always:
>> photoshop file  -> create html/css -> convert to templates and write
>> javascript
>
> Same here and everywhere I worked, whichever the language. In fact I
> wouldn't recommend doing otherwise for any sizeable project. There's
> people who know their photoshop, others who know their HTML/CSS/JS, so
> it's definitely worth using their skills directly.
>
> There's in fact many other reasons that make building the interface
> directly in HTML/CSS/JS worthwhile. But I guess I also see the appeal in
> people wanting to link client and server-side code to build complicated
> interfaces. I do not know Nitrogen enough to cast a judgement on it, though.
>
> One thing to keep in mind however, if you go the HTML/CSS/JS route, is
> that the URIs you use for serving your HTML can also serve JSON for the
> AJAX calls and also serve as a public API for your website, all in one
> without much extra code required.
>
>> Using django templates makes complete sense when you're starting from an
>> html file. It does not take that much work at all and requires very
>> little programming knowledge. If you change anything, it's not difficult
>> to put the changes in the template, because they are so similar.
>> If we used nitrogen, it would take significantly more work and the
>> person doing it, would need to learn something completely unnatural if
>> he did not know erlang already.
>
> Django is simple enough that the HTML/CSS people can make their own
> changes directly in the templates without breaking anything (or not too
> often at least).

All the opposite for me, I have no html/css people, so I do it all
myself, the more can be generated in code the better, I hate HTML
itself, hence I like Nitrogen.  Oh if only Nitrogen had a Wt-like
Widget interface.  ;-)



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