Thoughts on #Hugo and static site generators in general. TL/DR: I'm not a fan.
ugh that sounds nasty. I glanced once at the site generator landscape and ran away screaming. I was hoping maybe something usable had emerged but... at least this one doesn't seem to be it.
I don't actually much like any current markup/query/config formats, which is why I've been trying to brew my own (slightly extended Lisp S-expressions).
My problem with most markup formats is that they start out thinking 'oh it's okay, don't sweat the syntax, nobody will ever need to do $BIG_THING in it' and always, always, sometimes within six months, they have to do $BIG_THING in it.
Every markup format becomes a Turing-complete programming language. Law of nature.
And even if the markup format ITSELF doesn't become a Turing-complete programming language, some poor soul will find themselves forced to encode a Turing-complete programming language OVER it.
And some syntax choices make that task pleasant, and some syntax choices make that task extremely unpleasant.
And then I'm looking at, eg, Wordpress Shortcodes, and Tiddlywiki Filter notation, and I go "Stop! Stop! You're writing Turing-complete query functions over an ill-defined markup language that never imagined you'd want to do this, but you do, because of course you do, so you just threw another layer of syntax over the top, and of course it's all going to go terribly wrong."
The big complicated problem, for me, is "integrate and connect data from *all the other data formats on my desktop* without loss of data." Because we have a big social problem if we can't connect up all our knowledge because we don't have a language that can express *connections between* knowledge.
At least that's where I want to be.
I think the answer is more that "nothing went right in the first place" rather than "something went wrong". All these separate languages came from different communities and just got wodged together, which is okay, but also, kinda sucks now.
@natecull @teleclimber web assembly is useful but fundamentally it’s kinda just flash/java/silverlight/unity all over again. webassembly it’s way more secure than those, but sooner or later some client is going to ask me to make a critical change to a webassembly thing and all I’ll be able to do is shrug at them. in fact, this has already happened.
But it won't work like that, will it? The WebAssembly ecosystem is effectively just a bunch of binaries, so it'll be like CP/M and DOS all over again.
@natecull @teleclimber in practice a scripting language is possible to implement in webassembly, but it’s not the utopic vision anyone imagines. you still have the same shitty browser APIs, but with an extra loading screen piled on top while the runtime downloads- once for each and every website that uses it.
especially since a) we have an entire industry that funds the web based on injecting code that tracks what websites we've visited, and none of these 'security' experts seem to care about that, because the evil code is coming from inside the house, and b) all 'secure' code everywhere is running on Jeff Bezos' servers anyway so he is a giant backdoor to the entire Internet.
And they'd destroy *caching* for this?
@natecull @teleclimber the broader question here is that surveilance shmapitalism is enabled primarily by a number of design mistakes in the web platform, security holes that are being plugged one by one by browsers with *safari* leading the charge, firefox after and chrome reluctantly following suit only after they’ve built their own proprietary replacement tracker tech. cross site caching is a casualty. same site caching still works. future world with less holes and more designed in surveilanc
The Linked Data people seem to be trying their best to revive the idea of RDF and the Semantic Web, and they've picked JSON as the syntax, which is a pragmatic choice, but I think still will cripple them. But, it is pragmatic.
But still, I wouldn't want to try to use JSON-LD to write a *program* in. And if I can't write a program in it, then I probably can't write a database query or spreadsheet-cell function in it. And if I can't write those, it seems.. insufficient.
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