A fresh start
So, er yeah. I haven’t really blogged for a long time - this time it will be different. I promise.
Hmm, I am already sceptical. It is well known that ‘trying harder’ never works, so what is different this time? Well, I have some objectives which are SMART:
- **A**greed upon
In a democracy of 1 it is pretty easy to meet the ‘Agreed upon’ criteria. So, what is my goal? To publish one ‘meaty’ blog post a week. By ‘meaty’ I mean a reaction to some non-trivial event in real life, probably work related.
What sorts of things will I ramble on about? Primarily technical I think, specifically around the Functional Programming and Enterprise landscape.
I care very passionately about Software Engineering and critical thinking as oppose to doing it
because Google. That will almost certainly creep in throughout the blog.
Jekyll, so long
My previous blog was built using the excellent jekyll. The handful of posts can be found on github. I fully intended to use it, but having upgraded to MacOS Sierra, installing jekyll was an exercise in pain.
jekyll itself had moved to using
bundler which I don’t object to at all. The thing I do object to though is a gazillion =gem install=s, failing on the somewhat infamous Nokogiri.
I had noticed Cryogen before but
jekyll was sufficient at the time, now I thought it deserved another look. And I am glad I did. Features?:
- markdown (or that funny AsciiDoc ;-)
- ridiculously trivial
- Clojure (which I use full time at work)
Some not-so-great bits:
- the site is generated (following convention) in
resources\publicso actually deploying the site requires an extra step or two. The solution can be as simple as having one git repo for the source and one for
GitHub Pagesthen serves.
- the web site is generated automatically but you still need to refresh the web browser. I might investigate the most excellent figwheel to see if that can be integrated
- it doesn’t support
org-mode. I can hardly hold it to account for that, and given
org-mode’s excellent export modes it should be trivial to sort it out.
- the default theme means
literaland links aren’t easily distinguished.
An alternative to GitHub Pages is to host your own static server and
rsync it across, which is what I am doing.
deployment: push_to_server: branch: master commands: - rsync -avz resources/public/ firstname.lastname@example.org:html/
make sure to create a new key pair for your remote server,
ssh-copy-id to your remote server and then add the private key to your
As the ever-growing engineer I notice a few upgrades to my process:
- rather than commit the entire
resources\publicI could just commit the
resources\templatesdirectory and have
lein runbefore deployment
- having the
circle.ymlfeels a bit yucky. Better to have a commited script which
Anyways, it was relatively harmless and the blog is off to a flying start.
Watch this space ;-).