An update: Next steps for Nintoku blog

Some of you might have noticed that this place hasn’t been updated in a while. Mostly this is due to the fact that I ran out of free time when my daughter was born last year. Oh - what fun it is to raise a child - especially during the first year of his (or her) life. But enough of complaining. This post is about something totally different.

I decided to rewrite this blog. That is - the underlying static site generator engine. Right now I use Jekyll, which in turns uses Ruby. Jekyll generates all of the pages of this blog, including the one you are reading right now. I find it somewhat of a pain to install Jekyll on each new system that I use at work (especially if I have to work inside Windows). So I plan to create a site generating engine for my needs using Node.js. At least a simple one at first. Why Node.js? Because it is one of the tools that I use for my work. Also, because I love JavaScript :)

Now I know that there already exists several static site generators written in JavaScript (Node.js). In fact, here is a list of the top 12 JavaScript static site generators (this list is based on my own research):

  1. Gatsby
  2. Spike
  3. Roots
  4. assemble
  5. Hexo
  6. Metalsmith
  7. MMPilot
  8. Cabin
  9. Wintersmith
  10. Harp
  11. Punch
  12. DocPad

Why I want to create a new one? I have considered this question, and really do have some answers :) First of all, I want to work on a simple coding project in my spare time. Secondly, I want to completely understand the inner workings of my blogging engine. Lastly, I want full ownership of the code that generates my blogging engine so that I can modify it to my heart’s content. So I really do want to create another static site generator!

So what does the future hold for me? As always, I decided to name my static site generator myuzu. It’s code will live on GitHub at I really do wish for this project to happen, so I am off to coding.