In the npm ecosystem Harp.js is a very minimalistic static site sever, but it can also be used to generate a static site in addition to this. So far I have been using hexo as my static site generator, but as of late I have been trying out some others that exist in the node.js world.
As of the last time I updated this there is still some activity on the harp.js git hub when it comes to support. Given that this is a very minimal static site generator, as long as the project is fairly solid, then a great deal of support might not be needed. One of the benefits of keeping thins simple and streamlined.
Installing harp is as simple as with any other npm package, and like most static site generators you will want to install it as a global script like so.
Once installed to start a new project, and start the static server just do this.
You should get a message saying that the site is being hosted at localhost:9000, just open that up in the browser, and you will see what you start with.
Harps out of the box theme is pretty minimal. In fact it is just a single index.jade file. I can’t say this is a deal breaker for me though, with hexo I am currently using just a hacked over version of the default theme. Themes are not the most important aspect of a site, that would be content, still I am all wondering how I will be dealing with pagination, will I have to write my own thing for that?
Adding new content is as simple as just creating a new .jade, or in my case a .ejs file. It makes use coffee script, and Harp also supports both Sass, and Less as well as Stylus for style.
So I just did a little hello world by saving a page1.ejs file, that was really just a single html element in the root name space. I am not sure how much time I care to give this one just yet, even though I kind of like it a little.
While running as a server any changes I make will take effect right away with having to regenerate each time. The page showed up right away when I pointed my browser to localhost:9000/page1
calling generate like this
will result in an html,css structure that can be severed up by whatever means, which is of course the basic feature that I expect from any static site generator. I noticed that the style was lost for some reason though, I was able to see a *.css file in the public name space, so maybe it is just a simple fix on my part.
If I where to take the time to make a static site generator I might very well come up with something like harp. My thinking is that I would make something pretty minimal, and stream line. When it comes to my site, all that really matters is that I can server up simple plain out static content.
Still I am pretty paschal to hexo still for the moment, it’s popular, and has more features for what they are worth. Still a minimal site generator like harp comes to mind when working on a very simple site where all the client cares about is the content and thats it.