Welcome to Jekyll!

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We are migrating our blog to Jekyll. For those of you who don’t know Jekyll, it is one of the most popular static website generators on the Internet. It is also used by Github Pages. As I said, in the last couple of days, I was migrating the entire Tootips website from Blogger to Jekyll. As you may have guessed, the transition process was mostly seemless although I had to write a Python script to batch process all my Blogger posts so that they will display correctly using the new Jekyll theme.

The rest of this post represents the Jekyll’s welcome post that gets created with every new Jekyll installation. I could have deleted it, but I preferred to keep it to serve as a reminder of this new milestone of Tootips.

You’ll find this post in your _posts directory. Go ahead and edit it and re-build the site to see your changes. You can rebuild the site in many different ways, but the most common way is to run jekyll serve, which launches a web server and auto-regenerates your site when a file is updated.

Jekyll requires blog post files to be named according to the following format:


Where YEAR is a four-digit number, MONTH and DAY are both two-digit numbers, and MARKUP is the file extension representing the format used in the file. After that, include the necessary front matter. Take a look at the source for this post to get an idea about how it works.

Jekyll also offers powerful support for code snippets:

def print_hi(name)
puts "Hi, #{name}"
#=> prints 'Hi, Tom' to STDOUT.

Check out the Jekyll docs for more info on how to get the most out of Jekyll. File all bugs/feature requests at Jekyll’s GitHub repo. If you have questions, you can ask them on Jekyll Talk.