helper script to create new posts using jekyll

Alright, so, whenever I try to write up a blog post Jekyll wants me to do a lot of redundant and painful stuff. To create a blog post, you’ll have to do the following:

  • Create a filename called 2010-10-01-helper-script-to-create-new-posts-using-jekyll.markdown which has a timestamp, hyphens and a title which is kind of a pain to type.
  • And once you have this file you’ll have to put up some yaml front matter: the title, and the layout is the minimum, Here you are typing the title again.

It’s not a big deal, but it’s still annoying. So, I came up with a small ruby script called new.rb, which basically automates this stuff.

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#!/usr/bin/env ruby
# Script to create a blog post using a template. It takes one input parameter
# which is the title of the blog post
# e.g. command:
# $ ./new.rb "helper script to create new posts using jekyll"
#
# Author:Khaja Minhajuddin (http://minhajuddin.com)
# Some constants
TEMPLATE = "template.markdown"
TARGET_DIR = "_posts"
# Get the title which was passed as an argument
title = ARGV[0]
# Get the filename
filename = title.gsub(' ','-')
filename = "#{ Time.now.strftime('%Y-%m-%d') }-#{filename}.markdown"
filepath = File.join(TARGET_DIR, filename)
# Create a copy of the template with the title replaced
new_post = File.read(TEMPLATE)
new_post.gsub!('TITLE', title);
# Write out the file to the target directory
new_post_file = File.open(filepath, 'w')
new_post_file.puts new_post
new_post_file.close
puts "created => #{filepath}"

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