[erlang-questions] Webmachine Binary Request Strings

Magnus Klaar magnus.klaar@REDACTED
Mon Dec 19 20:50:32 CET 2011


Cowboy currently includes an experimental webmachine-like interface. The
first commit of this module should explain some of the key differences from
webmachine. If i remember the history of this module the intial estimate
for the time needed to decouple webmachine from mochiweb _and_ refactor
webmachine to support both binaries and lists everywhere was greater than
the time needed to just add the difference between the two to cowboy.


If you're interested in a

MVH Magnus

On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 6:40 PM, Tristan Sloughter <
tristan.sloughter@REDACTED> wrote:

> This may be better on a Webmachine questions list. But I thought I'd ask
> here first since it may be that someone working on one of the other Erlang
> web servers, besides Mochiweb, has worked on moving Webmachine to use that
> server.
> The reason I say that is, Webmachine currently relies on Mochiweb which
> passes lists instead of binary strings for requests. While the req_body of
> a request is given as a binary the path_info and query string is dealt with
> as lists. While I would think there could be a performance hit due to this
> my main reason to ask for alternatives is that dealing with JSON
> representations on the backend require converting the lists to binaries for
> processing every time.
> There has been https://github.com/mochi/mochiweb/pull/38 but its clear at
> the end of the discussion its not a change that will be happening to
> mochiweb anytime soon.
> So is there work on Webmachine backed by Cowboy or another Erlang web
> server?
> Thanks,
> Tristan
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