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Cowboy vs Microsoft IIS: What are the differences?

Cowboy: Small, fast, modular HTTP server written in Erlang. Cowboy aims to provide a complete HTTP stack in a small code base. It is optimized for low latency and low memory usage, in part because it uses binary strings. Cowboy provides routing capabilities, selectively dispatching requests to handlers written in Erlang; Microsoft IIS: A web server for Microsoft Windows. Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web. From media streaming to web applications, IIS's scalable and open architecture is ready to handle the most demanding tasks.

Cowboy and Microsoft IIS can be primarily classified as "Web Servers" tools.

"Websockets integration" is the top reason why over 6 developers like Cowboy, while over 77 developers mention "Great with .net" as the leading cause for choosing Microsoft IIS.

Cowboy is an open source tool with 5.59K GitHub stars and 999 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Cowboy's open source repository on GitHub.

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I am diving into web development, both front and back end. I feel comfortable with administration, scripting and moderate coding in bash, Python and C++, but I am also a Windows fan (i love inner conflict). What are the votes on web servers? IIS is expensive and restrictive (has Windows adoption of open source changed this?) Apache has the history but seems to be at the root of most of my Infosec issues, and I know nothing about nginx (is it too new to rely on?). And no, I don't know what I want to do on the web explicitly, but hosting and data storage (both cloud and tape) are possibilities. Ready, aim fire!

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Simon Aronsson
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I would pick nginx over both IIS and Apace HTTP Server any day. Combine it with docker, and as you grow maybe even traefik, and you'll have a really flexible solution for serving http content where you can take sites and projects up and down without effort, easily move it between systems and dont have to handle any dependencies on your actual local machine.

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Pros of Cowboy
Pros of Microsoft IIS
  • 8
    Websockets integration
  • 6
    Cool name
  • 3
    Good to use with Erlang
  • 2
    Anime mascot
  • 82
    Great with .net
  • 53
    I'm forced to use iis
  • 26
    Use nginx
  • 18
    Azure integration
  • 14
    Best for ms technologyes ms bullshit
  • 10
    Fast
  • 6
    Performance
  • 6
    Reliable
  • 4
    Powerful
  • 3
    Webserver
  • 3
    Simple to configure
  • 2
    Easy setup
  • 1
    Охуенный
  • 1
    Shipped with Windows Server
  • 1
    Ssl integration
  • 1
    1
  • 1
    Security
  • 1
    I am not forced to use iis anymore :)

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Cons of Cowboy
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    • 1
      Had to stuck on MS stack

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    What is Cowboy?

    Cowboy aims to provide a complete HTTP stack in a small code base. It is optimized for low latency and low memory usage, in part because it uses binary strings. Cowboy provides routing capabilities, selectively dispatching requests to handlers written in Erlang.

    What is Microsoft IIS?

    Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web. From media streaming to web applications, IIS's scalable and open architecture is ready to handle the most demanding tasks.

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