Notes on Jekylling

27 Dec 2014 | |

Tidbits and good references for your Jekyll based blog

Jekyll - The Good Parts

There are many good blogs and references out there in regards to Jekyll blogs. Here are some that I found quite useful.

[Jekyll Bootstrap](http://jekyllbootstrap.com) </br> This is the site by a very smart guy from LA that built a frame work using Jekyll integrated with bootstrap. While I opted initially to not go this route in the future I may if I feel the need. Regardless, you can learn a lot about how Jekyll works by playing with this framework,and going thru the code.

[Jekyll Lanyon tutorial](http://joshualande.com/jekyll-github-pages-poole/) </br> How to get started using the lanyon jekyll fork from the guy who created it.

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The Song Remains the Same

"When you get old in life...things get taken from you. That's part of life. But you only learn that when you start losing stuff." Al Pacino(On Any Given Sunday) </br>

Goodbye iSeries

The date of this blog is Christmas Day. I think on Christmas day I was doing the things most Dad’s do, trying to manage the Christmas present wrapping paper trash, and at the same time reliving christmas past thru the christmas present with my family. At this age I am past presents, at least the physical ones. Been there done that.

I have reached a decision point in my working life. The type I development I have done for years is fading away. And I realized that in order to keep doing what I really enjoy as a job I need to re-tool. I decided to move to Ruby and Ruby on Rails and NodeJS/Javascript. I started Tealeaf Academy and I am not looking back. My friends say “hey…Christmas is for kids!”..but I say…everyone enjoys Christmas. Wish me luck.

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def say_hello_rails
puts "Hi there!"
puts "Every language seems to have a puts."
end

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WordPress Death

"Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb..."

Goodbye Wordpress

I think we all were first exposed to blogs via Wordpress. So many templates to choose from, and underneath the fact that everything was stored in a database(mySQL no less) made it seem like genius.

But the problem you come to realize, at least for me, is the constant SPAM. Each time you go into your admin, it just seems like that are dozens of messages with nothing but gibberish.

Or my favorite…“Your website is the best I have ever seen, but I can make it ever better!” Just on and on. I think I even PAID some entity to stop the spam…what a ripoff..they are probably sending it.

In addition to that was the speed. Seems in the old days WP blogs were pretty fast, but I guess after years at the keyboard, you become microwave sensitive to the speed and bandwidth. Whenever I went into my blog to make simple changes…everything was just too slow. And everytime I wante to do some type of small CSS related change..well…you had to dig deep. There was a lot of code (PHP) they you just needed to get past the learning curve on. Ahh…The infamous Loop!

I wanted a blog for my Ruby on Rails career, because..I mean…in open source you gotta have a blog right? At my previous gig which was IBM iSeries…well…we never had a blog. EVERYTHING was in the manual! But times have changed. These days many parts of your life and business are an open book to the world, and I suppose you have to play or you must be hiding something.

My ISP account expired in my WP blog, so I decided to go another more simple path. It was right in front of my face…GITHUB..which led me to Jekyll. This is my first post under my new path, and I really like it. And to top it off…I have complete control of my content/data as well as my code. It’s great that under the surface its Ruby which is icing on the cake.

My old ISP wanted $75 to restore my old blog content, and you know based on principle I just could not do it. I decided to start totally fresh. So that’s how we got where we are. Time to go. Happy New Year.

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def say_goodbye_wp
puts "Good Bye."
end