Note: If you don’t know the reference to the the color of the bikeshed, you should definitely check it out.
My bikeshed of the month was my blog. A blog is nice and simple, so thinking about its implementation is really, really easy.
I wanted a blog where I could just commit and push a markdown file to a repository, and voila: it is published.
The first and obvious candidates are static sites generators like nanoc and jekyll. But I wasn’t really convinced, as I was thinking of adding more dynamic features, like, say, comments, or rack middleware shininess.
I started making my own blog engine with sinatra, like everyone and his neighbour, I even had a nice name for it, but then I stumbled onto toto. Toto is a thin layer of blog icing on top of rack.
So I took toto, played a bit to be able to use haml with it and have a decent error page, and here’s my blog, such as it is. I’ll probably add a fork and a comment gem to toto at some point (haven’t decided how to call it, probably something Oz-related).
The amendments to config.ru for haml:
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and the error page with haml and layout:
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And then, the cherry on the cake: the git hook required to make it work on your web server: here
Note: I still have an issue with markdown and code, as you can notice. Still have to look that up.
So there. git push.