New Column: ClojureScript

November 5th, 2011  |  Published in clojure, clojurescript, column, functional programming, javascript, languages, web  |  Bookmark on

In the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Internet Computing, “Functional Web” guest columnist Mark McGranaghan of Heroku gives us a really well-written article introducing the ClojureScript language and its Google Closure substrate. With a number of examples, he shows us how to use ClojureScript in dynamic client-side Web applications, and he also explains ClojureScript’s unique approach to JavaScript compilation.

[Update: I forgot to include a link to the actual article. Oops! Find it here. Thanks for letting me know, Stefan!]

As always, all feedback on this or any other “Functional Web” column is welcomed.

BTW if you enjoy the “Functional Web” column, be sure to attend the Functional Web track I’m running at QCon San Francisco coming up in mid-November. It’ll be fun and informative.

New Column: Scala Web Frameworks

September 20th, 2011  |  Published in column, framework, functional programming, HTTP, scala, web  |  Bookmark on

For the Sep/Oct 2011 issue of Internet Computing, I am very fortunate to have Dean Wampler as a guest columnist. Dean put together a great column on Scala web frameworks (PDF) in which he looks beyond the venerable Lift and takes a peek into Play, Scalatra, and Finagle.

New Column: Yaws

July 1st, 2011  |  Published in column, erlang, web, yaws  |  Bookmark on

The July/August 2011 issue of Internet Computing is out, and this time my column (pdf) covers the Erlang Yaws web server. Since Yaws has too many features to detail in just one column, I wrote it as an introductory piece, covering only those features that are most commonly used.

You might also take a look at my slides from my “A Decade of Yaws” talk (pdf) from Erlang Factory London 2011.

Process Bottlenecks in Erlang Web Apps

March 19th, 2011  |  Published in column, erlang, functional programming, performance, web  |  Bookmark on

In my “Functional Web” March/April 2011 column (PDF), I explore potential process bottleneck problems within Erlang web applications, specifically around the issue of process fan-in. I’ve seen developers create Erlang web applications that suffer from bottlenecks related to interprocess communication as explained in the column, yet as far as I’ve seen this issue is rarely if ever discussed among Erlang developers.

As always, all constructive feedback on the column is welcomed. Just post your comments here or email me.

Column on the Snap Framework

January 21st, 2011  |  Published in column, framework, functional programming, haskell, web  |  Bookmark on

For the January/February issue (PDF) of “The Functional Web” I’m very fortunate to have Greg Collins and Doug Beardsley as guest authors covering the Snap Framework. Not only is it great to finally have some Haskell code in the column, but Greg’s and Doug’s superb writing style means that the column is both highly instructive and easy to read.

I’m hoping we’ll be able to publish at least a couple more Haskell columns this year as well.