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From "Ted Dunning" <>
Subject Re: Don't get it (Erlang)
Date Thu, 30 Oct 2008 21:11:00 GMT

I can't comment on the Erlang example, but in general with thrift, the
generated code defines an interface that you have to implement.

When you start the server, you pass your implementation of the functionality
to the server and it handles the RPC (using generated code).  Thus, I would
think that server.erl implements the server functions as you say while the
code in gen-erl is the server infrastructure that calls out to server.erl

This design is in contrast to systems that require you to edit the generated
code and has what I think are very clear advantages.

On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 2:05 PM, Hannes Baldursson <>wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm having some troubles with the Erlang generated code from Thrift. I
> might
> add that I'm a newbie in using Thrift and got minimal knowledge about
> Erlang
> but I'm fairly experienced in programming.
> I've been looking at the tutorial where in one directory "tutorial/erl/"
> there are files called "server.erl" and "" that seem to be an
> implementation of the RPC functions. Am I missing something or doesn't
> Thrift generate server stubs based on my definition file?
> All the generated files I see are in the gen-erl and I can't see that any
> one of them do what server.erl does... am I missing something or do I have
> to hand code the "server.erl" file
> btw, I will make sure to add your points into the wiki page
> Thanks in advance,
> Hannes Baldursson


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