Rewriting my blog in Rust for fun and profit

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  • blog.hamaluik.ca

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  • I did the same thing a couple years ago [0]. It's not the most elegant and my blog is miniscule, but it was a fun project and also born out of frustration with the existing site generators. I structured it as the source sitting next to the site contents, so from a fresh computer (with Rust installed), it's as straightforward as `cargo build`.

    I think the best thing about this approach (writing your own generator) is that it really lets you build your site / content exactly the way you want to. Don't need categories and tags? Don't add them to begin with. Want to add an RSS feed? No problem, just add it. Want to do some fancy image compression and processing in the pipeline? No problem; you're the boss. It sounds simple but it really frees you up to write / generate your site however you want.

    0: https://github.com/hamaluik/blog.hamaluik.ca

  • gutenberg

    A fast static site generator in a single binary with everything built-in. https://www.getzola.org

  • I've been trying to make a cool static site generator numerous times. Well, yes, it actually is a quite fun thing to tinker with, but I've found myself struggling to decide on what do I want to see in the final app and what I do not; what features might be needed by other users and what features might be an overkill. So I ultimately went with Zola[1] and encourage you to try it too! Aaaand it is written in Rust, too.

    [1] https://www.getzola.org/

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  • bluesky

    Simple static site generator in cpp (by mas-4)

  • This is mindblowing synchronicity. I thought this article was one I had read this weekend for a second but checked the post date and saw it wasn't available yesterday.

    I'm working on trying to write a static site generator for my own personal site/blog in C++, been tinkering for a couple months. It started as a passion project in tribute to my dog that passed. GatsbyJS wasn't working (again) which is what my current site is built with, so I just said screw it, I'll write my own. Chose C to begin with and quickly gave up. Decided to switch to C++ because its what I'm supposed to be learning for work.

    I named it bluesky, after my dog that passed, Sky Blue. https://github.com/mas-4/bluesky

    Templating is a lot harder than I had initially thought. I finally got it working, now I have to add the markdown support, and then I plan on migrating my personal site to using it.

  • hyper

    An HTTP library for Rust (by hyperium)

  • > Because Rust binaries are so secure, you can expose them over the internet safely.

    That doesn’t stand to reason. Safely in that you can confidently avoid things like remote code execution, sure. But that doesn’t necessarily protect you from denial of service attacks; for example, I expect most services built on Hyper to be vulnerable to slowloris attacks <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slowloris_(computer_security)>, because I believe it still defaults to basically no sane kind of timeout, and doesn’t provide the tools to handle it properly anyway <https://github.com/hyperium/hyper/issues/1628>. If that’s part of your threat model, you should avoid exposing it directly and use a reverse proxy.

    Good somewhat related reading, on a technologically simple DoS attack on Rust-based code that was largely fixed by speeding things up, fixing caching and proper use of reverse proxying (via Cloudflare because it was genuinely heavy load): https://fasterthanli.me/articles/i-won-free-load-testing

  • soupault

    Static website generator based on HTML element tree rewriting

  • Have you come across Soupault yet?

    I'm considering using Pandoc with Soupault to my website markup agnostic by being dependent on Pandoc. Soupault can act as a HTML processor although I'm not sure if that's enough to not need a template langauge. Or maybe I'm mistaken about Soupault.

    https://soupault.app/

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