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This is my first post on my blog. Let me know what you think of the site by sending me a tweet to @chrisrhymes
Learning about Jekyll
I’m a web developer but I normally use PHP. I was looking for a way to update my GitHub page and stumbled across Jekyll. After reading the documentation I noticed that it used Ruby and the install instructions were all for Linux. Not the best start considering I use a Windows laptop and a chromebook.
But I wasn’t too keen on the layout of the site so I decided to try and use Foundation. To be honest, I’m still a bit new to this whole command line installing and opensource but I tried to set up a Jekyll project and then add Foundation to it. After a while of not getting very far I jumped over to GitHub.
There seemed to be plenty of people that had created repositories with both Jekyll and Foundation installed but they had all been customised a lot and seemed to have a lot of additional code and settings that I didn’t really want.
In the end, I created a Jekyll project and then downloaded Foundation and integrated the files manually. This seemed to work, but the biggest issue I had was working from pieces of a page (in layouts and includes) and reconstructing them. I would recommend building a set of pages first and then deconstructing them to put into the relevant parts.
So once I got the foundation in place I started to explore a bit more to see what Jekyll can do. Although I have never used Ruby or the Liquid template engine before it seemed quite obvious what the tags do. I have to say, I am very impressed with Ruby and will have to try out some more tools to see how it works. If you have any suggestions for where to start, please let me know.
Tagged with jekyll, update
Published: Sep 8, 2017
It has been a long time since I last updated the design of my site and as a Frontend Developer it didn’t seem right to wait any longer. I have used a variety of different frontend frameworks in the past, from Foundation, to Bootstrap, but this time I wanted something different, so with a cup of coffee in hand I started looking for something new.
Published: May 20, 2017
Published: Apr 1, 2017
My job title is frontend web developer, and I am confused. I am in a situation where there are now so many different options for me to start learning that I don’t know where to start. I always find a good place to start is the beginning, so here goes a little history lesson.
Published: Aug 10, 2016
Its easy to start writing code without thinking about the organisation, but take some time to plan and it will reward you later. Sometimes a new project is so exciting you just want to start coding and making things work, thinking that you will sort out the structure at a later date. After all, who cares as long as it works, right?
Published: Jul 11, 2016