[erlang-questions] REST server

Vlad Dumitrescu <>
Tue Mar 8 22:22:04 CET 2016


Re yaws docs: Could the contents of the article Karolis pointed to be
included in the docs? Or at least a link to it...
/Vlad


On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 10:16 PM, Alex Alvarez <> wrote:

> Note that I very much like Yaws.  I've been using it for a number of years
> and I've never ran into any operational issues with it.  Thus, I'm very
> thankful to Claes and all contributors to the project.  And yes, it's very
> easy to complain while you don't do anything about it, but since I was
> asked...  The issues dealing with documentation I've run into could be
> summarized in Yaws having many great features available, but in many cases
> the documentation doesn't go far enough explaining how to go about using
> them.  That probably sums it up.  The website has bits and pieces for you
> to figure out, which is fine if you have the time, but it's not exactly an
> example of good documentation in 2016.  Your best overall bet is the manual
> (yaws.pdf) that tries to be complete, but most explanations are simple and
> limited.  Many chapters are simply made up of one page, which is not
> exactly thorough.  I mean, take a look and judge for yourself.  I wish I
> would have written this a few years ago when I was writing this web app, as
> I would have had better examples of the issues I ran into.
>
>
>
> On 03/08/2016 12:10 PM, Steve Vinoski wrote:
>
>
>
> On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 11:30 AM, Alex Alvarez <> wrote:
>
>> For REST, my initial recommendation is Yaws ( <http://yaws.hyber.org/>
>> http://yaws.hyber.org/), as it's very easy to use and pretty solid
>> solution, but the documentation for it is simply terrible and I mean
>> really, really terrible.  Hence, you probably would have an easier time
>> with Cowboy.
>>
>
> If you have suggestions for documentation improvements please let me know
> -- I'd like to know details of why you think the docs are "really, really
> terrible" given that I think they're pretty reasonable, and I know for a
> fact we keep them up to date. Pull requests are also welcomed.
>
> --steve
>
>
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Alex
>>
>>
>> On 03/08/2016 02:09 AM, zxq9 wrote:
>>
>> On Monday 07 March 2016 18:30:51 Mark Bucciarelli wrote:
>>
>> I'm curious to hear what do more experienced erlang'ers think of mochiweb?
>> That's where I ended up after googling and reading on my own.
>>
>> Its a toolkit from which you can build a server, but its not a server
>> in the way something like YAWS is. Quickest from zero to doing things
>> is probably YAWS or Cowboy.
>>
>> Most of my experience has been client-side things using mochi libs or
>> doing simplish web faces with YAWS for systems that have much richer
>> native clients already -- so my web experience in this regard is
>> (deliberately) limited.
>>
>> -Craig
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