Scripting Ruby with no Internet
As I sit, I’m riding on the commuter rail as it creaks and staggers its way North. I intended to write some thoughts down, but got distracted in the hassle of touching a new Jekyll post.
So, I wrote a little Ruby script - aptly - for creating a new Jekyll draft or post from the command line.
#!/usr/bin/env ruby # jpost # A script to create a jekyll post with provided title & current date # and open it with current $EDITOR # usage within Jekyll directory: # $ jpost My Title Goes Here [--draft] first = ARGV last = ARGV[ARGV.count - 1] flag = '--draft' name = '_drafts/' if first == flag ARGV.shift(1) elsif last == flag ARGV.pop else name = '_posts/' end name += Time.now.to_s.split(' ') + '-' name += ARGV.join('-').downcase.gsub(/[^\w-]/, '') name += '.md' front_matter = '---\nlayout: post\ntitle: ' + ARGV.join(' ') + '\n---\n' exec('echo "' + front_matter + '" > ' + name + ' && $EDITOR ' + name)
When I worked as a photojournalist, there was a concept of chimping: glancing at the camera LCD immediately after each photograph taken. Most photographers viewed it as a cheapening of the craft - many extolled the benefits of photographing with old film Nikons simply because you were not tempted to check the camera incessantly.
It’s interesting that I feel somewhat the same about programming without the aid of sites like Stack Overflow. As I wrote this Jekyll posting script, I loved the empowering feeling as I paged through the native Ruby
man pages. Having not written Ruby in a few months, it was reassuring to know that I could find my own way without cowing to search results.