After now almost 2.5 years, I start blogging again. But with the old FunnelWeb system it would'nt be much fun. It was buggy and very hard to write in the browser. So i used MarkdownPad to write my posts, copy them into the blogengine, and fixed syntax erros to get the code highlighting working. What a mess!

So i decided to migrate to a more code and commandline centric engine: Pretzel.

Getting started

According to the documentation is is really simple to get going.

Using Chocolatey its a few keystrokes away.

Install Chocolatey if you don't have it allready. Fire up a admin commandpromt.

For the commandline:

@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin

Or using Powershell

iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))

Next we install pretzel, initialize git and install the default template:

choco install pretzel -y
mkdir myNewBlog
cd myNewBlog

git init

pretzel create

This will create the following output:

C:\tmp>mkdir myNewBlog

C:\tmp>cd myNewBlog

C:\tmp\myNewBlog>git init
Initialized empty Git repository in C:/tmp/myNewBlog/.git/

C:\tmp\myNewBlog>pretzel create
starting pretzel...
create - configure a new site
Using Liquid Engine
Pretzel site template has been created


Taste it!

pretzel taste

This will fire up a browser and start looking for all your html and md files in the blog, and regenerate the when files change.

Pretzel in the browser

Nice, we are good to go. Stop tasting by hitting Q

Lets look in the blog directory by explorer .

Pretzel in the explorer

Everything in this directory except _site should go under versioncontrol.

Lets start by getting a .gitignore file. I used the Jekyll one because Pretzel is a port of Jekyll written in C#

Invoke-WebRequest -OutFile ".gitignore"

Let's look at git:

git status
On branch master

Initial commit

Untracked files:
  (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)


nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track)

Okay, lets check this in what we have so far.

git add .
git commit -m "Pretzel blog is running"

Now we need to get sure we don't have files in our _site directory that are not needed

pretzel bake --cleantarget
explorer .\_site

_site in the explorer

Open _config.yml and add a few lines we need in future blog posts.

    engine: liquid

  - publish.ps1
  - build.cake
  - build.ps1
  - tools\
  - .vscode\
  - .git\
  - .gitignore
  - add-tag.cmd

Lets checkin this.

git add .
git commit -m "Pretzel now excludes tools we need in the future"

Alright! That was easy.

The next time we look how we build the blog in Visual-Studio-Team-Services (former VSO, Visual-Studio-Online, now VSTS).

The source-code in available on github i will provide a seperate branch for every post. Master contains the most recent one.

Greetings Manuel