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dog Build Status

D eveloper bl OGging Engine

  • markdown based
  • code snippet support
  • embedded scriptie-talkie support
  • syntax highlighting
  • posts stored on file system
  • provides html and default styles
  • publishes via simple command line


Installing Dog

In order to install dog globally to use its command line tool to manage your blog do:

npm install -g dog

In order to use dog's providing capabilities in order to serve your blog, install it locally to the project, i.e.,:

npm install dog

Dog Command Line

dog allows you to manage your blog via simple a simple command line interface.

The commands follow a general pattern: dog <action> <post> [options]

The <post> here is the directory that contains the '' on which the action is to be performed.

In only a few cases (i.e., when the action affects the entire blog) <post> is omitted.

All of the actions assume that you created a blog directory and are currently in it unless you specify the --root options (see below).

Lets run through the different actions one by one.


dog scaffold

Creates a blog skeleton including a sample post.

This is probably the first thing you want to do in order to start your blog.


dog preview post

Opens the rendered post in the browser.


dog publish post [options]

Publishes the post according to the given options.


  • --title: The title to be applied to the post.
  • --tags: The tags that will be added to the post
  • --root: The root directory of your blog. Defaults to ./, so you don't need it if you are executing this action from the blog root.

This will add or update post.json inside the post directory as well as add it and its tags to blog.json.

dog will print out a record of the changes made.

If you publish an existing post again, only the updated date and any given options will be changed. Everything else will stay as before.

Example: `dog publish getting-started --title "Getting started with dog" --tags "cli nodejs javascript"


dog unpublish post

This will remove the given post from the blog.json and delete the post.json from the post directory. Anything else in the post's directory will be left untouched.


dog summary

Prints out a summary of your blog, including all metadata of each published post and important directories, e.g., assets and images.


dog help

Prints out dog's help message.


dog includeStyles --styles "style1 style2 ..."

Configures the blog provider to include the given styles from the assets/styles directory.

Most likely you will not need to change the default.

action aliases

dog understands unambiguous short forms of action names in a similar way that nodejs's npm does.

Therefore dog pub post gets expanded to dog publish post while dog s is not sufficient since it could mean dog summary or dog scaffold.

As a less useful option: dog --action publish --post post --title "My Post"

is equivalent to: dog publish post --title "My Post".

Inlining code samples

Syntax highlighted inlines

Dog supports syntax highlighted inlined code samples the same way that github flavored markdown does.

Example: Source (omit leading -)

var a = 3;


var a = 3;

Scriptie-Talkie inlines

If you prefer to show interactive scriptie-talkie code samples, please specify 'jsst' (think js scriptie talkie) as the language, i.e. (again omit leading -)

var a = 3;

Dog Metatags

Aside from the usual markdown directives dog supports a few more tags enclosed by {{ }} in order to include metadata or external snippets.

Studying the 'getting-started' post included as a result of dog scaffold and comparing it to the rendered html - dog preview getting-started should give you a good idea on how this works.

Including Post Title

{{ meta: title }}

Will be replaced with the title found inside post.json.

Including Post Creation Date

{{ meta: created }}

Will be replaced with the created date found inside post.json.

Additionally a .created css selector is applied to it to allow proper styling.

Including Post Update Date

{{ meta: updated }}

Will be replaced with the updated date found inside post.json.

Additionally a .updated css selector is applied to it to allow proper styling.

Including Post Tags

{{ meta: tags }}

Will be replaced with the tags found inside post.json.

Additionally a .tags css selector is applied to it to allow proper styling.

Including external Code Snippets

{{ snippet: name }}

Will be replaced with the content of the file name found inside the snippets directory inside the posts directory.

{{ scriptie: name }}

Will be replaced with the content of the file name found inside the snippets directory and rendered via an embedded scriptie-talkie.


Assume we have a post named mypost. Inside ./mypost we created a snippets folder into which we copied myscript.js.

We can now include that in ./mypost/ via {{ snippet: myscript.js }} or as a scriptie-talkie via `{{ scriptie: myscript.js }}.

Remember to require and init scriptie-talkie:

var domready = require('domready');
var embed = require('scriptie-talkie-embed');


Dog Provider

The dog provider assists you in serving your blog from a website.

It offers a number of functions to that purpose. Althoug all of them are explained here, you most likely will only need the first four.

All mentioned callbacks have this signature: function (err, result) { ... }.

The below explanations assume that you required dog in your module via var dog = require('dog');.



Call this before using any of the other provider functions to tell the provider in which directory your blog lives (i.e., where the blog.json file is found).



Concatenates all styles from assets/styles is is configured to include (see includeStyles) and calls back with the resulting css.



Gathers metadata of all posts that were published to your blog and attaches rendered html. Calls back with the result.

Example Result:

  { name: 'my-first-post',
      { created: Sun Sep 16 2012 11:54:37 GMT-0400 (EDT),
        updated: Sun Sep 16 2012 16:42:37 GMT-0400 (EDT),
        tags: ['tag1', tag2'],
        name: 'my-first-post',
        title: 'Getting started' },
     html: { ... } 
  { name: 'my-second-post',
      { created: Sun Sep 17 2012 11:54:37 GMT-0400 (EDT),
        updated: Sun Sep 17 2012 16:42:37 GMT-0400 (EDT),
        tags: ['tag2', tag3'],
        name: 'my-second-post',
        title: 'Getting started again' },
     html: { ... } 


dog.provider.provideUpdatedSince (when, callback)

Same as provideAll except only posts updated since when, which is a Date object, are included.


dog.copyImages(fullPath, callback)

Copies all images found inside your blog (i.e., in assets/images) to the fullPath given.

Calls back with an error if it failed or null if successfull.



Calls back with a string array containing names of all posts that were published to your blog.



Calls back with a string array containing all tags found in any of the posts that were published to your blog.


dog.provider.getPostMetadata(postName, callback)

Calls back with metadata of the given post.

Example Result:

{ created: Sun Sep 16 2012 11:54:37 GMT-0400 (EDT),
  updated: Sun Sep 16 2012 16:42:37 GMT-0400 (EDT),
  tags: [ 'dog', 'tutorial', 'nodejs' ],
  name: 'dog-tutorial',
  title: 'Getting started with dog' }


dog.provider.getPostHtml(postName, callback)

Calls back with the rendered html of the given post.

blog directories

Various functions return full paths to important directories inside your blog.

These are:






Calls back with a list of full paths of all styles included in your blog.



Prints out a summary of your blog, including importand directories and published posts.


Aside from including styles targeting .blog-post inside your sites styles file, you can also edit the styles included with your blog inside assets/styles.

You also can include additional styles by dropping them into that folder and including them in your blog via includeStyles.

The code.css style is a SyntaxHighlighter theme and can be replaced with any of the themes found here.

This will change the looks of your syntax highlighted code.

You may have to edit code-fixes.css as well in that case, since the styles in there are closely related.


Blog Only

Look at and play with blog-only to understand better how to manage your blog and/or preview posts.

Blog Site

Look at blog-site in order to get an idea on how to use dog to provide your blog from a website.


You can follow along with the getting started tutorial to get a better idea about how to use dog.

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