I mentioned in my last post that this site is thrown together using Jekyll. I want to take a minute and explain what Jekyll is and how I'm using it. Basically, Jekyll is a static site generator. It takes files with Jekyll-flavored markup, processes them, and spits out static HTML files. I like to think of it as server-side code that gets pre-compiled once, then served out statically when requested by a visitor.
I'm using it because I decided to host this site on GitHub Pages, which only gives us the ability to serve static files. The feature that makes Jekyll really cool for me is that it's blog-aware. You create template(s), write and save your posts in a definitive format, then run everything through Jekyll. The result is a set of files formatted howevery you like, with everything automatically glued together. Throw the files on a hosted platform and you've got a blog.