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README.md

nuxpress: Minimalist Markdown Blogging

Code that powers http://hire.jonasgalvez.com.br.

Nuxt + Markdown + a fancy custom loader = nuxpress.

What it does

  • Takes .entry files from the entries/ directory and uses the first and second paragraphs for publishing date and summary respectively, and following Markdown text to create a chronological entry. A permalink is automatically created and it gets printed (in descending order) in the index page.

  • Takes .md files from the pages/ directory and makes them available at a path corresponding to the filename, so pages/page.md becomes /page.

How it does it

nuxt.config.js Supercharged with functions that load .entry files from a entries/ directory. Generates RSS and Atom feeds using .template files under feeds/.
plugins/nuxpress.js Uses an index entries.json file (generated by nuxt.config.js) to inject $entries and $pages (which contain paths) and $permalinks (which contains entry metadata) in Nuxt's app.
middleware/nuxpress.js Infers the request URI and uses the provided $entries and $pages to read and process files, before passing them down as $entry or $page to Vue templates.
pages/index.vue asyncData() makes entries available to the template. Entries are in listed in descending order.
pages/entry.vue asyncData() makes entry available to the template, previously provided by the nuxpress middleware.
pages/page.vue asyncData() makes page available to the template, previously provided by the nuxpress middleware.

If the loader encounters a directory under entries, it checks inside for an .entry file and copies all other files to /static/entries/, so you can reference any assets in your .entry files.

The first and second paragraphs of an .entry file are reserved for the publishing date and summary respectively. The publishing date can be anything Date.parse() can handle. Both are followed by the entry's Markdown block, which starts with # indicating the title (h1).

Philosophy

nuxpress is the result of me reading through VuePress's source code for a week. It doesn't have blogging support yet, so I set out to try and cook something up with it. I learned a lot reading through Evan's code, but my feeling is that VuePress goes to great lengths to replicate Nuxt's functionality for automatically setting up and launching a Vue app.

While I see the value of having vuepress as a standalone CLI tool and everything it does that Nuxt doesn't (e.g., all SEO-friendly publishing tweaks), for me really its golden feature is streamlining Markdown in Vue files.

Now, I really like Nuxt's code organization standards. Having a blog as a Nuxt app makes sense, as it would give me total freedom for customization. VuePress's eject command gives you a similar functionality, but you miss the multitude of plugins and Nuxt-oriented solutions out there.

So instead of trying to add blogging support to VuePress, I decided to add Markdown blogging support to a Nuxt app with the minimum amount of code and conventions I could possibly manage.

Files that need customization

The domain constant in nuxt.config.js, then:

pages/* Where index.vue, entry.vue and archive.vue live. As long as you understand and preserve the logic, layout and CSS can be modified as you like.
feeds/* Lodash templates for RSS and Atom feeds.
layouts/default.vue Nuxt's default layout, set up to use components/LeftColumn.vue
components/LeftColumn.vue The left column in the default two-column layout. This can be removed altogether and replaced by whatever layout structure you're using.
head.js Base HTML head definitions used by pages/*.

Improved Markdown links

I love Markdown, but the fact that you need to use a unique identifier for link references makes things to hard to maintain.

Here's an example:

To use it you need to [write a locustfile][1], which is just a Python file with
at least one [Locust subclass][2]. Each Locust object specifies a list of tasks
to be performed during the test, represented by a [`TaskSet`][3] class.

[1]: http://docs.locust.io/en/latest/writing-a-locustfile.html
[2]: http://docs.locust.io/en/latest/api.html#locust-class
[3]: http://docs.locust.io/en/latest/api.html#taskset-class

If you remove the second link, you get an aesthetically unpleasing unordered list. Plus you have to keep track of references, even if you use slugs as link identifiers instead of numbers. In nuxpress, all you have to do is:

To use it you need to [write a locustfile][], which is just a Python file with
at least one [Locust subclass][]. Each Locust object specifies a list of tasks
to be performed during the test, represented by a [`TaskSet`][] class.

[]: http://docs.locust.io/en/latest/writing-a-locustfile.html
[]: http://docs.locust.io/en/latest/api.html#locust-class
[]: http://docs.locust.io/en/latest/api.html#taskset-class

And it will automatically link ordered references. Use this if you're ok with not ever having two references to the same link in paragraphs, and want a streamlined way of adding and editing them. Otherwise, regular Markdown link references will work as expected.

Running

npm install
npm run dev # development mode
npm start # nuxt server

Contributing

nuxpress is missing quite a few features, such as:

  • Progressive web app enhancements
  • Syntax highlighting for code blocks
  • A decent archiving system ($archive and pages/archive.vue is a hack)

Plus the entry loading code can probably be improved to make better use of async I/O. My first attempts were giving me a headache so its current version processes everything linearly. PRs are most definitely welcome.

License

MIT

Although this repo is a boilerplate, all sample entries/ and Vue layouts are from my live blog. Feel free to reuse the layout, but replace entries/ with your own.

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