[Haskell-cafe] Is Haskell a Good Choice for Web Applications? (ANN: Vocabulink)

Justin Bailey jgbailey at gmail.com
Mon May 4 11:31:01 EDT 2009

Thanks for sharing your code and experience. Very interesting and a
good example of how to put the libraries together to build a real app.

On Mon, May 4, 2009 at 12:45 AM, Chris Forno <jekor at jekor.com> wrote:
> I decided to find out for myself. You can find the results at
> http://jekor.com/article/is-haskell-a-good-choice-for-web-applications
> Included is the source code for the web application powering
> http://www.vocabulink.com/
> The source is roughly 2,000 lines of Haskell, along with some SQL and
> JavaScript. It's written in literate style and includes a 75-page PDF.
> It demonstrates and explains how to:
>  * use FastCGI to communicate with a web server (nginx in this case)
>  * move data to and from a PostgreSQL database (HDBC)
>  * authenticate users with cookies
>  * interact with users via asynchronous JavaScript and JSON (AJAJ)
>  * collect data with HTML forms (formlets)
>  * communicate with users via email
>  * cache with memcached
>  * implement a custom forums system (with threaded comments)
> I make no claims that the code is elegant or idiomatic. It is however
> real code that's running "in the wild". And I hope it's useful to anyone
> else considering doing web development in Haskell.
> I welcome and encourage your feedback!
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