Musings of Parker J. Moore

Developer, avid runner, photographer and musician.

The Immediate Future of Jekyll

Jekyll is a static blog generator created by Tom Preston-Werner, the current CEO of GitHub and one of GitHub’s co-founders, and by Nick Quaranto, who is now at 37signals. Jekyll is pretty freakin’ popular and it’s also the engine that drives GitHub Pages.

After an hour-long chat with Tom, I’m optimistic about the future of Jekyll. He’s really excited about where it’s headed and has a vision in mind about what he’d like it to become. Here’s what we ironed out during our conversation:

Led by Tom, a Jekyll development team, of which I’m the first recruit, will be tackling the problems with Jekyll and continuously improving its functionality and ease-of-use. The focus will remain on making a tool that allows one to easily create and manage a static blog.

Suuuper basic (unofficial) design principles:

  1. Keep it simple
  2. Easy to extend
  3. Solid safe mode (for GitHub Pages)

What we need to tackle:

  1. Fix bugs (!!)
  2. Decrease build time (!!)
  3. Docs for site
  4. TomDoc everything
  5. Release new site
  6. Finish same site generator
  7. Include some faster LSI

Want to help? Check out the discussion label and add in your two cents.
Want to contribute code? Check out the issues and submit a pull request with a fix.

I’m really excited about the immediate future of Jekyll and what it will become in the next 6 months or so and the dev team takes on the issues outlined above. I hope you’re as excited as we are to get this project back on its feet.

If you want to chat more or have any questions, you know where to find me.