[web-devel] Last call for comments: WAI 0.4

Michael Snoyman michael at snoyman.com
Wed Mar 30 17:58:55 CEST 2011

On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 5:50 PM, Chris Smith <cdsmith at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-03-30 at 16:45 +0200, Michael Snoyman wrote:
>> Out of curiosity... what *is* the biggest obstacle to overcome?
> Time and learning.  The current incarnation of web application
> development in Haskell is still very new -- less than a year old, unless
> you're Happstack? -- and we're still learning the right way to do it.
> WAI, for instance, wouldn't be anywhere near the quality it is today if
> every change had been met with the need to coordinate compatibility
> issues with three significant communities of developers prior to a
> release.
> Not being one of the people who've built a web server or web application
> framework or similar in Haskell (my newfound role as a Snap developer is
> fairly limited), I wouldn't presume to say too much.  But things are
> still changing rapidly, and smart people who *have* built these things
> still see some benefit in maintaining their own alternatives.  I'm
> encouraged by some of the convergence of design decisions (which even
> extends beyond just web frameworks; blaze-builder in the bytestring
> package will be very nice for many kinds of Haskell applications), and
> it looks like we're getting there.
> There's no need to be in a hurry about it.  Standardization is great
> once you know you've got the right design.

Sounds like a good answer :). I was just curious if you had a specific
thought in mind with your comment.


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