Hi Joe

Please note that on the page http://picolisp.com/wiki/?web the section Tutorial 
and the section Libraries and Alternatives talk about different things.
The Tutorials section is all about the official Web-GUI/DB-Framework built on 
top of picolisp, which is part of the official distribution.

Some people made other web frameworks which are also built on top of picolisp, 
but  do not use this GUI framework.
The concepts and software design of the various frameworks are very different.
Some people have special use cases and made their own framework to be optimal 
for their use (e.g. websocket support), or they found the normal framework to 
difficult to start with, many different reasons.

The standard (web-) GUI framework is very powerful and rich on functionality, 
though it follows complete other principles than most current web frameworks, 
so if you are already used to them, this one can be quite hard to wrap your 
head around.
E.g. with it you define the GUI directly (this part should do this, this part 
should do that), and you don't have really to care much about which part is on 
the server and which on the client, it takes care of that (you should 
understand the underlying principles though...), no MVC pattern or the like.

Currently its (as far as we know) mainly used to build ERP systems, so the 
default styling might be more functional than stylish. If you want to quickly 
create extremely powerful CRUD-Applications, use this.
It can be used for ordinary websites, e.g. http://picolisp.com is implemented 
with the default GUI framework.

It of course has Routing, see Email from Alexander Burger (who is the creator 
of piclisp and this framework) and check out the documentation here: 
This stuff is implented in the function http in @lib/http.l (@ here means: 
within picolisp directory in your installation).

For full functionality, especially session handling (one process per session, 
not one process per request) its usually operated together with the little 
C-application httpGate (also part of the picolisp distribution), which acts as 
proxy, SSL terminator and does session routing.

Study the Tutorials section, especially the first link: 

Or, go with one of the alternative frameworks (see Email from Henrik or the 
Library and Alternative sections on the page).
If you intend to roll your own, then its easiest to learn and play around with 
the one from José mentioned in Henriks Email to have a start.
Also, if you don't know the inner workings of HTTP, check out: 

You know IRC ? Come to our chat channel #picolisp on freenode.org, we love to 
talk and most times people are available for instant help.


----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Golden [mailto:j...@joegolden.com]
To: picolisp@software-lab.de
Sent: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:46:34 -0500
Subject: Simple Routing for web apps

Can someone point me to a reference for simple web routing?  As in "If xyz is 
your URL, do this"?

On the wiki http://picolisp.com/wiki/?web is states "pl-web: A small http 
application server with websockets and routing".  Does this mean that the base 
library http.l lacks routing?

Any guidance appreciated.
Joe Golden
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