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."
I mean, you can't get more simple than CSV, right?
Well, CSV doesn't work for some things. What if you have fields inside fields?
Well then JSON, right?
Ok but JSON doesn't work for some things. What if you need keys to be objects?
(at that point I guess we can look at microformats or protocols on top of JSON, because good or bad we're probably stuck with it for a century now, so that's sorta where my thinking is)
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