SAFE-Dojo VS Giraffe

Compare SAFE-Dojo vs Giraffe and see what are their differences.


An introductory dojo to learn how to develop full stack web applications in F# (by CompositionalIT)
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SAFE-Dojo Giraffe
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347 1,805
0.9% 0.7%
4.1 3.7
21 days ago about 1 month ago
F# F#
- Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of SAFE-Dojo. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-29.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Giraffe. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-07-13.
  • Targeting Node, Bun and Deno With F#
    10 projects | | 13 Jul 2022
    Bix is a micro-framework designed with F# in mind and that runs on both Deno and Bun! and in theory it also should even run in a service worker! (intercepting fetch requests) although I haven't tested that yet, it offers a general purpose handler that coupled with a set of route definitions it can bring a Giraffe/Saturn like framework to life in JavaScript runtimes which is incredibly awesome! useful? maybe not 😅, but awesome indeed. Let's see some code for it
  • If you were to create a Web API today from scratch how would you do it ?
    7 projects | | 2 Apr 2022
    Backend: Most likely it would be a toss between or They both combins the extremely good type system in F# combined with the ease of a minimal API.
  • Is it possible to run C# core MVC and f# giraffe in a single solution
    1 project | | 21 Feb 2022
    I was wondering if its possible to simultaneously run a C# core MVC project in combination with
  • Overriding JSON serializer in Giraffe
    2 projects | | 4 Jan 2022
    By default Giraffe, the framework which I use as a web server, uses Newtonsoft.Json to serialize results to JSON. However, for discriminated union, it generates quite a lot of JSON so I've switched to System.Text.Json which is built into newer versions of .Net Core. In combination with FSharp.SystemTextJson package allows serializing discriminated unions more gracefully. All we need is to decorate Branch type with JsonFSharpConverter(JsonUnionEncoding.BareFieldlessTags) attribute.
  • Introducing Giraffe.Htmx
    7 projects | | 26 Nov 2021
    Giraffe is a library that sits atop ASP.NET Core and allows developers to build web applications in a functional style; dotnet new giraffe is literally my starting point when I begin a new web application project. (Rather than write three more sentences filled with effusive praise, I’ll just leave it at that; it’s great.) It also provides a view engine (that builds upon Suave‘s “experimental” view engine) which uses an F# DSL to define HTML in a strongly-typed way. It has been incredibly efficient for a while, but with .NET’s work over the past two releases at improving performance, and Giraffe’s adoption of those techniques, it is lightning fast.
  • Show HN: F# web server in 3-4 lines of code
    8 projects | | 5 Nov 2021
    Wrapping ASP.NET Core to be easier and more idiomatic with F# seems to be a common domain. Out of curiosity, did you look at any existing projects? If so, what was lacking from them that made you decide to write WebFrame?


    8 projects | | 5 Nov 2021
    You don't have to use directly in F# - there's been a long-standing library wrapping it in a more functional aesthetic with Giraffe:

    Not to discourage you or anything - always good to see alternatives. Personally, for FP web programming, the closer to the "your server as a function" ideal the better - so I'd prefer Giraffe in this case, for things like the router being an HttpHandler instead of being a property on the app. It's just way more intuitive from an FP standpoint and produces neater, more self-contained code, IMO.

  • What I wish I knew when learning F#
    10 projects | | 14 Oct 2021
    I was thinking as a strategy that would impact the way all libraries are build. In my example I posted above, there is no dotnet code showing. Its all abstracted. Libraries should create new APIs that are just wrappers around the dotnet library.

    Whereas, if you look at the examples in the Giraffe framework, you need to do a bunch of dotnet boilerplate.

      open System
  • Minimal APIs at a glance in .NET 6
    6 projects | | 13 Sep 2021
  • Hey Rustaceans! Got an easy question? Ask here (31/2021)!
    4 projects | | 4 Aug 2021
    I'm looking for a web framework that's built around composability. Specifically, I'm thinking of something along the lines of the "Your Server as a Function" paradigm: good examples are OCaml's Dream, Kotlin's http4k and F#'s Giraffe. I looked this up and in an earlier post someone mentioned Actix. Apart from actix, is there any other framework like this that generally stays out of your way?

What are some alternatives?

When comparing SAFE-Dojo and Giraffe you can also consider the following projects:

Suave.IO - Suave is a simple web development F# library providing a lightweight web server and a set of combinators to manipulate route flow and task composition.

Saturn - Opinionated, web development framework for F# which implements the server-side, functional MVC pattern

ASP.NET Core - ASP.NET Core is a cross-platform .NET framework for building modern cloud-based web applications on Windows, Mac, or Linux.

Falco - Functional-first toolkit for building brilliant ASP.NET Core applications using F#.


Freya - Freya Web Stack - Meta-Package

DotVVM - Open source MVVM framework for Web Apps

  dotNetify - Simple, lightweight, yet powerful way to build real-time web apps.

Coalesce - Helping you quickly build amazing sites

IISNode - Hosting node.js applications in IIS on Windows

awesome-fsharp - A curated list of awesome F# frameworks, libraries, software and resources.

Signals - Signals is a framework for developing enterprise and SaaS applications that follows the USE-CASE driven methodology