Static Apps meetup - Show and Tell #2

Serge Renfer and I met in Geneva on november 18 for our Static Apps Show and Tell meetup. For those interested, here is a summary of our discussions.

  • Jekyll the popular Ruby-based static site generator. Once installed, the Jekyll program takes a template directory containing simple text files you write (as well as the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files), runs it through Markdown and Liquid converters, and spits out a complete static website ready to be served with your favorite web server. I like the fact that Jekyll's way is pretty simple, and allows you to quickly get a result while learning at your own pace. Building and deploying a prototype or a site to test a project idea, is actually a matter of hours instead of days.

  • HarpJS is another option, based on NodeJS. On its official website, Harp is presented as a zero-configuration web server used to serve static assets. Like Jekyll, it is great for dynamically generating static sites but there are important differences in how it works under the hood. Harp Boilerplates are the starting points of your applications: To start a project, customize a boilerplate or use it as a template to initialize your app.

  • AngularJS and web components, and the possibilities offered for new developments. There is interesting reading on divshot's blog here and here.

  • Firebase, a realtime backend as a service that allows you to create a different kind of app. It can be combined with AngularJS for the front-end: See AngularFire.

Also noted the importance of front-end developer workflow with tools such as Grunt, Gulp, and Yeoman.

Hope to meet and talk with more people about these tools next time. Feel free to join the conversation, join our meetup group, or give me your feedback.

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