T2: Erlang web frameworks

  • Steve Vinoski Basho Technologies
September 13, 2012 2:00 - 5:30 PM


Erlang started life nearly thirty years ago as part of an effort to find more effective ways of developing highly concurrent, highly reliable telecommunications systems. Fortunately, we've found that its concurrency and reliability capabilities are just as valuable in other domains as well, especially web development. This tutorial will explore several Erlang web servers, including Yaws and Mochiweb, and will examine the Nitrogen, Webmachine, and Chicago Boss Erlang web frameworks. Each web server and framework provides different features and capabilities, allowing them to address different portions of the vast web development landscape.


Attendees should possess a basic knowledge of HTTP, HTML, and JSON. Some prior knowledge of Erlang is preferred but not required. Attendees should bring a laptop in order to participate in hands-on coding exercises. Instructions for loading Erlang and other software will be sent to attendees prior to the tutorial.


Participants will gain deeper knowledge of the basics of Erlang web development, will learn how to use specific features of different Erlang web servers and frameworks, and acquire a better understanding of which servers and frameworks to apply to different kinds of web development problems.

Please bring a laptop to the tutorial. Ideally, you should install the required software on your laptop before the tutorial. If that fails, we'll have a machine on-site for you to connect to. In that case, make sure to have an RDP client (a client for Microsoft's Remote Desktop protocol) installed on your laptop, so you can connect to our on-site machine.

If you have problems or questions, please contact Mike Sperber (sperber(at)deinprogramm(dot)de).

Installing the prerequisite software

For this tutorial, you should have Unix/Linux/Mac OS X on your laptop. If that's not possible, see above.

Steve Vinoski

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Steve Vinoski is an architect at Basho Technologies, Cambridge, MA, USA. He's been a committer on the Yaws web server project since

  1. Steve has been writing "The Functional Web" column, in which he explores the application of functional programming languages and techniques to web development, for the IEEE Internet Computing magazine since 2009. He's also written several other articles about REST and HTTP over the past decade.