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Website wrangling scripts

August 20th, 2010
python, ical, webscripts, tech  [html]
I have a strange approach to website management. My website is all static html, but some of it is generated by scripts that read other static html pages. The scripts manage two separate aspects of the website: The proc_schedule script reads in the main page's source and allows automated schedule item addition and ical-format feed generation. The makerss script reads in the huge news page and writes out more manageable news pages, arranged by date, tag, etc under news. It also, as of pretty recently, adds summaries of recent news as links on the main page.

I have shell aliases that make sure the appropriate publishing command is always run after I make changes:
  ~/.bashrc:
      ...
      alias ne="emacs -nw ~/public_html/news.html && python ~/bin/makerss.py"
      alias sv="python ~/bin/proc_schedule.py view"
      alias sa="python ~/bin/proc_schedule.py add && python ~/bin/proc_schedule.py ical"
      alias se="emacs -nw ~/public_html/index.html && python ~/bin/proc_schedule.py ical"
      ...
  

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