Systatic: Static Site Authoring Tool in NodeJS
First you need to install the systatic server. It's really just a bricksjs+servitude server with a bunch of predefined paths and templates.
npm install systatic -g systatic new my_proj cd my_proj systatic
The last command runs the server, by default port 3000 (like bricks, you can change the port with
/js) change this file.
Since the point is to generate a static site, the next command you run will be
build. This will remove the need for an app server like nodejs, and allow you to just dump the static files somewhere like CloudFront.
It orders static site building into phases, similar to larger build systems like Maven.
Stages (executing a stage executes every stage up to it):
Choosing a phase will run all attached plugins up to and including that phase.
Cleans the output directory, build the html resource, build the assets, and merge them into minimal files.
Does the same thing, but then also runs any optional static integration test (currently no implementations, but considering something like QUnit)
With that generated static content, next you'll want to deploy to some server, git repo, CDN... whatever.
I'm considering reimplementing the hard-coded plugins to work with npm plugins, which con be configured per project. This is to allow third-party plugins to add their own stage to the build/render toolchain.
- Every action can be attached to run before/after any other action.
An example may be if someone wanted to added a function to compress a set of icons used as CSS into sprites, and pass that information into the next action (which would be bound to the compress stage).