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Static Gen


A static site generator built with Ruby.

GitHub commit activity GitHub Maintenance Made with Ruby

How to use:

  1. πŸŒ€ Clone the repo at or with GitHub CLI gh repo clone twhite96/static-gen-ruby
  2. πŸƒ Run: bundle to install dependencies.
  3. 🎊 Have fun with it.

Motivation for this app

I wanted to show that I could build something, even if it was small, on my own, with little guidance.

Ben Halpern started a thread about his generator on DEV and I took his scaffold and ran with it.

πŸ₯ž Stack

Ruby and ruby-handlebars

πŸ‘ŠπŸ½ Wins

Just getting the script running is a win for me, as I am not a Ruby dev at all.

😐 Difficulties

Ruby is a whole other animal compared to JavaScript and React. No semicolons, defining different methods (Ruby is class based, so there are more methods than functions in this instance), etc. I spent a whole month stuck on what this method did:

build_string = base_html
  .gsub("{{ head }}", "#{page_partial}")
  .gsub("{{ seo }}", seo_html)
  .gsub("{{ main }}", main_css)
  .gsub("{{ dev }}", dev_html)

I figured out it was just generating strings in the files I passed to the .gsub method.

There were others, and I plan on writing a full blog post.

πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈNext steps

Not much. I wanted it to be a full on blog generator but will need to sit on that for a bit.

⚑ Refactor ⚑

Maybe DRYing it up a bit, but I like what I have, especially for a v1.

πŸ“˜ Further reading

You can read it here: Building a Static Site Generator with Ruby.

βœ… TODOs


Further progress on the project on my blog.

Update on my static site generator

Mustache Fix for my static site generator