How I made this blog
This site uses Jekyll as its main engine. Jekyll is a static site generator (used by GitHub) that can take a pile of markdown files, run them through some ERB templates, and give you a nice looking site. It's very flexible, and a coder's dream. No database! Write in markdown! Free hosting on github!
I also got a chance to play around with Compass, a framework built on top of Sass. This allows me to to write high-level DRY CSS, with a lot of helpers for all the newer CSS stuff. (For example, I only have to define a
box-shadow once, Compass handles all the
-webkit-box-shadow stuff for me.) I can change the entire color scheme by altering a single variable. Very powerful. I also want to tie in some
@media queries so I can have different layouts based on screen dimensions. Kind of overkill for a blog, but I just want to create a RWD proof-of-concept.
for loop since. My use of Backbone is very basic right now, but I plan to do more with it later.
I'll probably throw this up on GitHub at some point as example code, also so I can play around with the free hosting there. (GitHub supports Jekyll natively, you just have to define a special project for it.) I'll have to check in the compliled CSS and JS though… (ew…) I also want aeflash.com to be the single source of truth for this blog. I still need to figure out how I want to manage it all.