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This blog has been a long time coming. I have wanted to post on a number of things that completing the blog became a priority. Before I jump into topics of interest, I want to list some of the technologies driving the blog.

Hugo

The more I use Hugo, the more I love it. My first attempts at a blog used database-driven content management systems (CMS), which made sense at the time. Database driven CMS's are still relevant for large, distributed teams that need a central point to manage their content. The rise of static site generators allows us to sidestep the reliance on a back-end for simple sites. There is a static site generator suited for everyone but when Hugo started supporting org-mode for content was when I became hooked.

The ability to customise Hugo to your tastes is a big plus. It handles the content and then quickly gets out of the way. It is fast, stable and provides all the functionality I need. I only have praise for the team, Hugo is a joy to work with.

GitHub & GitHub Pages

I rely heavily on version control. Most of my work goes into private repositories which left my GitHub account neglected. I use GitHub Pages for this blog. If there is no major reliance on a back-end, you can have your repositories & blog in the same place. Yay Git!

Cloadflare

You have a static website but you now need SSL or some simple server functionality? Enter Cloudflare, helping secure your website as well as other benefits. It solved the issues I had, and it solved it for free.

Gulp

There are options with Task Runners too but I have grown very found of Gulp. In time, I may simplify my builds using more generic tools (i.e. npm natively or bash scripts) but Gulp does what I need it too and it does it well.

Susy

For the life of me, I cannot understand why Susy has not been more widely adopted. I have been using Susy as a Sass grid system for a few years and the flexibility it gives is unmatched. The rise of flex-box and CSS-grid will eventually replace Susy. Until then, it allows greater freedom in positioning & layout without the expense of my sanity or weekends.

Emacs

My love of Emacs grows. After a number of years using it as a time-tracking & scoping tool, I recently took the plunge and started developing in it. My quality of life has increased significantly.

Question: Is it the only IDE solution & does it do everything better than all the others?

Answer: No, but it can do so much once you get over the learning curve & play to its strengths.

Tip 22 from the Pragmatic Programmer was "Use a single editor well". This struck me as odd because I was using a number of IDS's simultaneously. Each one had its specific niche but fell short in other respects. I now see the advantage of consolidating my life in a single editor. I use other IDE's when needed (Visual Studio, Xcode, Unity & Unreal) but Emacs feels like home every time I fire it up.

JavaScript

Or lack thereof. One of the goals for the blog was to see if I could solve most problems without having to use JavaScript (JS). Richard Stallman and his approaches to software development have impacted my views. Completely 'free' software is a worthwhile ideal if somewhat inconvenient.

The blog runs Analytics but should still function with JS disabled. Not a day goes by when I do not write some JS, but this blog is as much about experimenting & prototyping as it is about blogging. I'll save JS for the good stuff.