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

Ngoc Dao ngocdaothanh@REDACTED
Fri Jul 29 15:14:41 CEST 2011

There is a new (and hot!) web development paradigm brought by backbone.js:
* The server side only returns JSON data <--- this minimizes the
weakness of Erlang
* Use backbone.js for everything else (templates etc.)

See tutorials and demos:


On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:06 PM, Banibrata Dutta
<banibrata.dutta@REDACTED> wrote:
> 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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> Banibrata
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