[erlang-questions] REST server

Vlad Dumitrescu <>
Wed Mar 9 08:03:12 CET 2016

On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 12:47 AM, Steve Vinoski <> wrote:

> I wrote it in 2008, 8 years after Roy Fielding wrote his thesis that
> defines REST. In the intervening ~16 years, REST has not changed, but the
> number of people who misuse the term and apply it incorrectly has grown
> tremendously. No web server can make your application RESTful. Some can
> help, sure, but if you want to write a system that's actually RESTful, as
> defined by Roy's thesis, then you need to read and understand that thesis.
> Even implementing Alan Dean's HTTP flowchart as Webmachine does isn't
> enough to make your application RESTful. There is no magic. My article
> simply shows how to use Yaws to help with organizing your code and show you
> how to get at the information you need to help make your application
> RESTful.

All true, of course. I didn't ask for magic (well, at least not in this
forum :-) ), but for a server that makes it easy to implement REST or
REST-like functionality. And so it looks like Yaws does that, even if it
wasn't advertised like it is for Cowboy, for example.

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