[erlang-questions] Erlang http servers

Serge Aleynikov <>
Sun Sep 30 23:29:26 CEST 2012

Haven't had a need for an HTTP server in Erlang for a while since I last
used inets-based http server five years back, and now examining what
exists in public domain.

The results are quite surprising - everyone who seems comfortable coding
in Erlang, feels compelled to implement an HTTP server.  Previously we
had only one contender to inets - yaws.  Now the landscape is quite a
mouthful - inets, yaws, cowboy, musultin, mochiweb, etc.  As Steve
Vinoski rightfully points out (*) this doesn't help to pull the blanket
in all directions.  From personal experience with inets, I recall that
once I figured out how to use it, it happened to be a very helpful and
powerful HTTP library for building an application server.  So why don't
all the authors of those wonderful alternative libraries just patch the
inets to extend it with something they feel missing so that we only have
one good and documented library to use as the common denominator?


(*) http://steve.vinoski.net/blog/2011/05/09/erlang-web-server-benchmarking

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