Build It With Nitrogen: The Fast-Off-the-Block Erlang Web Framework
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Build It With Nitrogen: The Fast-Off-the-Block Erlang Web Framework

About the Book

Web development has never been more challenging. The Internet is intensely competitive and treacherous. Site malfunction and downtime are unacceptable. Clients demand ever more features with ever tighter deadlines. Popular sites must scale to handle unpredictable traffic spikes.

Build It with Nitrogen: the Fast Off the Block Erlang Web Framework addresses these issues and more. It assumes minimal Linux or JavaScript skills. The easy to-read book guides the reader through seven hands-on projects. Each project builds on the last toward high-level competency. Readers learn Erlang as they go. "Nitrogen simplifies development of web applications, making simple things easy and difficult things manageable," says Zotonic CMS creator Marc Worrell.

"This book is ambitious," says Nitrogen creator Rusty Klophaus, "It covers not only Nitrogen and Erlang, but also a bit of OTP, databases, git, web design, and software engineering best practices. And somehow, it does this well by building up from simple concepts in a sort of 'Socratic dialogue'---if Socrates had a 'California surfer' sense of humor."

Nitrogen Project Homepage: nitrogenproject.com

Nitrogen on Github: github.com/nitrogen/nitrogen

About the Authors

Lloyd Prentice
Lloyd Prentice

Lloyd R. Prentice has designed and developed more than 100 educational and consumer software products for major publishers. Web experience includes a soup-to-nuts application to support marketing and management of world-class technical conferences. Lloyd is a novelist and small-press publisher. His novels include Freein’ Pancho, The Gospel of Ashes, and the AyaTakeo manga trilogy.

Jesse Gumm
Jesse Gumm

Jesse Gumm is an entrepreneur specializing in web application development. His most recent endeavor, BracketPal.com, a beach volleyball league and tournament management system was recently acquired by SportsEngine, Inc. where he now works full-time. In open source, he’s the project leader of the Nitrogen Web Framework for Erlang and its core dependencies SimpleBridge, NitroCache, and nprocreg, and he has a hand in a number of other Erlang projects: qdate (date and timezone management), sync (automatic compilation), and ChicagoBoss (MVC web framework).

Reader Testimonials

Marc Worrell
Marc Worrell

creator, Zotonic CMS

This book is exactly what I wish existed when I started with Nitrogen and Erlang for the web. Takes you by the hand and explains Erlang, Nitrogen, databases and much more. Everything comes together to make your own fast dynamic web site. Erlang and the web are a match made in heaven.

Francesco Cesarini
Francesco Cesarini

Erlang Solutions

...love it. 'Love it' is probably an understatement.

Steve Vinoski
Steve Vinoski

Yaws maintainer

Nitrogen simplifies development of web applications, making simple things easy and difficult things manageable. This book does the same. Projects present Nitrogen concepts and features in an iterative workflow that matches the way developers work. Developers will appreciate its many examples, its streamlined presentation, and numerous references to related material.

Evan Miller
Evan Miller

creator, Chicago Boss

...a delightful and informative book that delivers the promise of the real-time web, combining colorful examples with battle-tested Erlang technology.

Frank Müller
Frank Müller

Erlang programmer

An endless stream of real-world code samples on how to develop solid Erlang web applications with the Nitrogen framework. A real pleasure to read.

Alain O’Dea
Alain O’Dea

Infrastructure and Security Manager, Sequence Bio

I felt like the hero in an adventure story joining the characters and facing the challenges as a team. The fact that I learned about Nitrogen and web security was almost an after thought. I even learned how to extend Nitrogen with plugins! Serious learning wrapped in a fresh, fun package that kept me reading to the end.

Loïc Hoguin
Loïc Hoguin

creator, Cowboy webserver

...goes into great detail about Nitrogen and Erlang/OTP. Examples are simple yet functional with fictional dialogues bringing humor along the way. Nitrogen seems to be good for writing highly interactive Web applications entirely controlled from the server-side.

Alex Popov Jr.
Alex Popov Jr.

Very fun book. Too many programming books are dry. Yours is just a joy to read.

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