[erlang-questions] newbie web-development advice / guidance

Banibrata Dutta banibrata.dutta@REDACTED
Fri Jul 29 15:06:13 CEST 2011

Amazingly, I am in an eerily similar situation, and I think we'd interacted
in the past. I shall be watching this thread carefully.

On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 4:48 PM, Icarus Alive <icarus.alive@REDACTED>wrote:

> Hi,
> Looking for some suggestions on how to get started with Web
> development in Erlang.
> My background is largely C/C++ systems development, and picked up some
> Erlang,
> i.e. I can understand most not-too-complex/large Erlang programs given
> a little time,
> unless very esoteric style is adopted, and still find it a bit hard to
> 'think in Erlang'
> (a decade of procedural and OO thinking often gets in the way). However,
> with a
> turn of events, now I need to do some web-development.
> Started looking at Nitrogen, but finding the syntax very hard. A steep
> learning curve.
> I've done some PHP programming a decade back, and found it to be very
> simple,
> and this seems almost like a herculean learning exercise. The
> tutorial, didn't seem
> to be structured in a beginner friendly way, and there is hardly any
> alternative tutorial
> available. So I wonder as to how many people are really using it. I've
> had a look at
> Zotonic as well, but not sure if that might be easier / simpler, and
> also if it'd be
> too-much work separating out the CMS from the framework, it might be
> bit too hard
> for a beginner to make reasonable progress.
> My preferred approach would be to keep the backend pretty much REST'ish and
> use
> heavier frontend (s.a. jQuery) to interact with it, although I've the
> need for delivering
> some streaming media, and strong authentication etc. Also, I shall the
> services to be
> available on mobile handsets.
> Would really appreciate if someone can share thoughts, advice, and pointer
> to
> good / comprehensive tutorials etc., to make this learning (&
> adoption) as simple and
> easy as possible. Alternatively if someone feels that sticking to PHP
> (which I am slightly
> more comfortable with) would be a good idea, shall be happy to have that
> vote
> of confidence.
> Icarus
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