A new hope

After years of neglect I am reviving this homepage. First order of business is to update the static site generator I am using. Previously this site was generated by Jekyll. It has been a long time since I used Jekyll outside of Github pages so I decided it is time to do a bit of research.

The only two contenders I considered were:

  1. eleventy, just because I knew that it was being used for one of the Chrome DevRel sites and it is a fairly new addition to static site generators
  2. hugo, because I heard that it is fast and I like fast.

I tried eleventy first given that it is more recent but I not surprising this whole npm install process was very flaky and I realized I am spending too much time trying to configure it properly. I decided I don’t want to get side-tracked so I switches gear to hugo.

Hugo was super easy to install and worked out of the box with no extra configuration. It also comes with a built-in Jekyll import tool which meant I spent 5 mins on setup and migration and the rest of the hour changing the theme CSS which is exactly what I wanted to happen.

Tech that just works. We need more of that.

I am going to push this new version up.

Next steps:

P.S. To be fair I suspect that eleventy setup is likely to improve over time and some of its setup flakiness is probably the result of Javascript dependency situation.

P.S.2. It will be tragically funny if the only thing I end up publishing on this blog to be this post.