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Next, the main maintainers of the projects is handy to know:
 
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* Happstack — There is no link on the homepage about maintainers, but I garnered [http://www.n-heptane.com/ Jeremy Shaw], (Figured out from [http://www.haskellers.com/user/52 here], “Maintainer of Happstack, the Haskell web application framework: <http://www.happstack.com/>”) aka stepcut. I can't tell if there are any more maintainers, [http://patch-tag.com/r/mae/happstack/snapshots/all/history the darcs history] doesn't show any major contributors. A list of contributors, I suppose, can be seen [http://patch-tag.com/r/mae/happstack/home on the patch-tag homepage], I'm not going to bother trying to convert usernames to real names. (Lemmih, Saizan, alexjacobson, creighton, mightybyte, stepcut, tphyahoo.)
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* Happstack — Happstack is currently maintained by [http://www.n-heptane.com/ Jeremy Shaw (aka stepcut)] with financial support from [http://seereason.com seereason.com]. Significant past (and present) contributors and maintainers include Alex Jacobson, Lemmih, Matthew Elder, Andrea Vezzosi (Saizan), Thomas Hartman, Gracjan Polak, Antoine Latter, Joachim Fasting, Facundo Domínguez, Creighton Hogg, Einar Karttunen, Shae Erisson (shapr), Ian Lynagh, and others.
 
* Snap — Many are listed as ‘contributors’ on [http://snapframework.com/about the about page], but [http://gregorycollins.net/ Gregory Collins] and [http://softwaresimply.blogspot.com/ Doug Beardsley] are certainly maintainers, the rest I'm not sure, may be just contributors; ([http://rfrn.org/~shu Shu-yu Guo], [http://james-sanders.com/ James Sanders], Carl Howells, Shane O'Brien, [http://github.com/ozataman Ozgun Ataman], [http://github.com/cdsmith Chris Smith], [https://github.com/norm2782 Jurriën Stutterheim].) the site doesn't distinguish.
 
* Snap — Many are listed as ‘contributors’ on [http://snapframework.com/about the about page], but [http://gregorycollins.net/ Gregory Collins] and [http://softwaresimply.blogspot.com/ Doug Beardsley] are certainly maintainers, the rest I'm not sure, may be just contributors; ([http://rfrn.org/~shu Shu-yu Guo], [http://james-sanders.com/ James Sanders], Carl Howells, Shane O'Brien, [http://github.com/ozataman Ozgun Ataman], [http://github.com/cdsmith Chris Smith], [https://github.com/norm2782 Jurriën Stutterheim].) the site doesn't distinguish.
 
* Yesod — [http://www.snoyman.com/ Michael Snoyman], [http://blog.gregweber.info/ Greg Weber], (Garnered from [http://www.yesodweb.com/page/contributors the contributors page], via Community.) there are other contributors listed, some of which might be maintainers. (Felipe Lessa, [http://pbrisbin.com/ Patrick Brisbin], [https://github.com/luite Luite Stegeman], [http://konn.x0.com/ Hiromi ISHII], [http://www.mew.org/~kazu/ Kazu Yamamoto]. See the page for past contributors.)
 
* Yesod — [http://www.snoyman.com/ Michael Snoyman], [http://blog.gregweber.info/ Greg Weber], (Garnered from [http://www.yesodweb.com/page/contributors the contributors page], via Community.) there are other contributors listed, some of which might be maintainers. (Felipe Lessa, [http://pbrisbin.com/ Patrick Brisbin], [https://github.com/luite Luite Stegeman], [http://konn.x0.com/ Hiromi ISHII], [http://www.mew.org/~kazu/ Kazu Yamamoto]. See the page for past contributors.)

Revision as of 23:47, 19 January 2012

Note: Work in progress. I will outline planned sections in headings momentarily.

There is no existing complete comparison of Happstack, Snap and Yesod. Such a thing helps people to choose and feel they've made a well-founded decision.

Contents

1 The home page

I'll start with the web sites at first impression.

2 Maintainers

Next, the main maintainers of the projects is handy to know:

3 Communities

4 Documentation

There is roughly the same set of documentation for each, varying in side and detail, with a quickstart for each, more complete tutorials, and haddock API documentation.

5 Use Cases

It's interesting to know who is using these frameworks.

5.1 Happstack

5.2 Snap

  • hpaste ­— the Haskell pastebin.
  • Darcs Den — a place to share your darcs projects and collaborate with others.
  • housetab.org — a webapp for sharing expenses (source code here)
  • JCU — a web-based Prolog environment.
  • snap-pastie another pastebin.
  • snapframework.com the Snap home page.
  • Silk — a new way to create and consume content.
  • Karamaan Group — uses Snap for an internal company intranet.

5.3 Yesod

6 Repositories and Installation

I am running Ubuntu 10.04.

6.1 Happstack

Installed from the happstack package from Hackage, or can be retrieved via the patch-tag Darcs repository. Info from the Download page.

$ ghc --version
The Glorious Glasgow Haskell Compilation System, version 6.12.3
$ cabal --version
cabal-install version 0.10.2
using version 1.10.2.0 of the Cabal library 
$ cabal-dev install happstack
…
Registering happstack-6.0.5...

real    2m13.240s
user    1m38.886s
sys 0m7.588s

Installs fine in GHC 6.12.3 in a couple of minutes.

6.2 Snap

The web site Download page advises to install the snap package from Hackage:

$ ghc --version
The Glorious Glasgow Haskell Compilation System, version 6.12.3
$ cabal --version
cabal-install version 0.10.2
using version 1.10.2.0 of the Cabal library 
$ cabal-dev install snap
…
Registering snap-0.7...

real    5m1.105s
user    4m24.369s
sys 0m15.389s

Installs fine in GHC 6.12.3 in a couple of minutes.

6.3 Yesod

The web site advises to install the yesod package from Hackage.

$ ghc --version
The Glorious Glasgow Haskell Compilation System, version 6.12.3
$ cabal --version
cabal-install version 0.10.2
using version 1.10.2.0 of the Cabal library 
$ time cabal-dev install yesod
Resolving dependencies...
cabal: cannot configure conduit-0.0.1.1. It requires base >=4.3 &&
<5 For the dependency on base >=4.3 && <5 there are these
packages: base-4.3.0.0, base-4.3.1.0, base-4.4.0.0 and
base-4.4.1.0. However none of them are available.

This was anticipated in the documentation, (“If you want to install yesod painlessly, get ghc >= 7.” from the install help wiki page. ) so the behaviour is expected.

chris@cn-done:~/yesod$ export PATH=/opt/ghc/7.0.4/bin/:$PATH
chris@cn-done:~/yesod$ ghc --version
The Glorious Glasgow Haskell Compilation System, version 7.0.4
chris@cn-done:~/yesod$ cabal install Cabal cabal-install
--bindir=/opt/ghc/7.0.4/bin
…
Linking dist/build/cabal/cabal ...
Installing executable(s) in /opt/ghc/7.0.4/bin
chris@cn-done:~/yesod$ cabal --version
cabal-install version 0.10.2
using version 1.10.2.0 of the Cabal library 

So I'm now on 7.0.4 with the latest cabal installed for 7.0.4. Proceeding should work:

$ time cabal-dev install yesod
…
Registering yesod-0.9.4.1...

real    8m55.781s
user    7m2.446s
sys 0m21.809s

Installs with no problems as the guide suggests.