[erlang-questions] Misultin EOL

Loïc Hoguin essen@REDACTED
Thu Feb 16 19:09:26 CET 2012


I'm sad to see Misultin go, this was in my opinion the only other 
project that had enough momentum to introduce innovation in Erlang web 
servers. Even though there certainly was duplication happening, there 
was also original and interesting components (some which landed in 
cowboy, and vice versa). I almost ended up going for Misultin 
originally, but I wanted a Misultin+Webmachine+binaries (for the most 
part), a combination that didn't exist at the time.

I'm always available by email or on #erlounge on freenode if people need 
help with moving to Cowboy. From what I've seen so far the task isn't 
too complicated. If anything is missing in Cowboy, please open a ticket.

For usability concerns, Spawngrid did the following parse transform that 
helps you deal with the many Req variables. I don't use it, but it seems 
to work great for them.


Thank you Roberto for everything you have done so far and I hope we can 
continue to work together on making Erlang HTTP stacks the best ones in 
the world.

On 02/16/2012 04:56 PM, Roberto Ostinelli wrote:
> Dear list,
> Misultin development has been discontinued.
> There currently are three main webserver /libraries/ which basically do
> similar things:
>   * Mochiweb <https://github.com/mochi/mochiweb>
>   * Cowboy <https://github.com/extend/cowboy>
>   * Misultin <https://github.com/ostinelli/misultin>
> Especially since the recent heavy development of Cowboy's HTTP server, I
> believe there is way too much duplication of efforts going on here. This
> is why Misultin's current 'state of the art' has been frozen in the
> latest tag, v0.9
> <https://github.com/ostinelli/misultin/tree/misultin-0.9>, to support
> all the companies currently using Misultin in their production
> environment. I'm here to provide help, if needed, in moving away from
> it. Thus, this server should be robust and stable enough to continue
> serving your needs for some time.
> Instead of letting this library stand on github without notice, and
> getting developers still use this project, I have preferred to
> explicitly state to gradually move away from it, so that efforts can be
> concentrated around one server library only. It's hard enough to let one
> 'child' like this one go, but I believe it's best for the whole Erlang
> community. There are many ways to try to help each other in the
> community, I believe this decision is now for the better.
> *Mochiweb* has been around the block for a while and it's proven solid
> in production, I can only recommend it for all basic webserver needs you
> might have. *Cowboy* has a very interesting approach since it allows to
> use multiple TCP and UDP protocols on top of a common acceptor pool. It
> is a very modern approach, is very actively maintained and many projects
> are starting to be built around it.
> I'll personally concentrate my efforts around Cowboy, simply because the
> projects I'm involved in often require multiple procotols. I really hope
> that it'll live up to the expectations that I'm putting into this.
> Thank you to everyone that has been supporting Misultin in these years.
> Hopefully its *code usability*, which I still believe to be unmatched
> (well, I have developed it so how could I feel differently about this
> ^^_), will provide inspiration for some library interfaces.
> Best to you all,
> r.
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Loïc Hoguin
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