Thanx Beneroth.

Your reference to was what I was 
looking for.

This stuff is dense!

Thanx for all the responses.

On Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 01:14:53AM +0100, wrote:
Hi Joe

Please note that on the page 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. 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: http://
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: http://

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


----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Golden []
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 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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