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There are many tools to implement web apps. While Haskell is not the most popular backend language for web development, it also deserves attention. And to get this attention, we should talk about the variety of frameworks with their strong and weak spots, talk about modern user-friendly tools, show real-world examples, and so on. Thus, the first goal of my talk is to promote Haskell as a good web development tool.
However, using Haskell as the primary backend language implies choosing among plenty of web frameworks. I’ll try to give general guidance on how a choice of the most relevant one might be approached, and give tips on when each framework will be more appropriate.
Firstly, there will be a short overview of popular frameworks like Servant, Obelisk, IHP, and others. Then we’ll implement a simple app using a couple of them to display the differences in practice and show the pros and cons of each framework. Furthermore, we’ll consider what happens if we add a non-trivial functionality to our app. I hope my talk could make the life a bit easier for (future) Haskell web developers.
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