A seamless, client-centric programming model for type safe web applications
Paper in proceedings, 2014
We propose a new programming model for web applications which is (1) seamless; one program and one language is used to produce code for both client and server, (2) client-centric; the programmer takes the viewpoint of the client that runs code on the server rather than the other way around, (3) functional and type-safe, and (4) portable; everything is implemented as a Haskell library that implicitly takes care of all networking code. Our aim is to improve the painful and error-prone experience of today's standard development methods, in which clients and servers are coded in different languages and communicate with each other using ad-hoc protocols. We present the design of our library called Haste.App, an example web application that uses it, and discuss the implementation and the compiler technology on which it depends.