Bootstrapping Jekyll Tag Generation

25 April 2014


I love working with Jekyll and Github to produce this blog as if it were software. One of the things that helps with usability, I think, is the ability to have each post tagged with keywords.

Eric Jones wrote a lovely jekyll module to auto generate tag pages, but one of the challenging things is remembering to keep the tags up to date before checking in a new post.

In lieu of someone to code review my posts and commits, I wrote a little bit of a script in msbuild to remember for me.

Then I wrote a batch file to invoke this script before running the test server:

@echo off

SET MsBuildPath="%windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe"

rem Is this a 64 bit machine?
IF EXIST "%Programfiles(x86)%" SET MsBuildPath="%windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe"

%MsBuildPath% /nologo BuildSite.msbuild

rem Now run server
jekyll serve 	

Now I just have to remember to commit the tag changes with the post :)

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