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Thomas L. (Guest)
on 2009-05-07 13:43
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Hey everybody!

webgen 0.5.8 has just been released! If you don't know what webgen is,
read the "What's webgen?" section down below.

This announcement is also available at

This release brings some very useful new features and paves the way for
more new features in the next versions!

The most notable change is that there is no distinction between website
styles and templates anymore - both are called bundles now or more
specifically, for example, style bundles. Since both were basically the
same but provided different kinds of content I thought that it would be
useful to drop the distinction.

This also lead to changes in the CLI command `create` which can now
take any number of website bundles from which the new website will be
created. Also, the `create` command got a new companion, the `apply`
command which can be used to apply website bundles to an already
existing website.

But that's not all regarding website bundles: after the addition of a
new source class for handling local or remote, possibily gzipped, tar
archives, it is now very easy to provide style bundles or even complete
websites on websites. For example, if a user develops a new website
style bundle and puts it on his website, anyone can use it by just using

    webgen create -b default -b new_site

As usual, some minor enhancements, many bug fixes and many
documentation updates made it into this release! See the changes
section for a complete list of changes and also note that some parts of
the API got deprecated!


* Major enhancements:

  - Everything except feed handling (due to the dependency `feedtools`
    not working) is now Ruby 1.9 compatible! However, be aware that
    some used libraries may not work correctly under Ruby 1.9 - this
    is, for example, sometimes the case with Maruku!

  - The distinction between website styles and website templates is no
    more - say welcome to website bundles!

  - Added new source class which can handle local or remote (gzipped)
    tar archives - see [Source::TarArchive][3]

  - Added new CLI command for applying a style bundle to a webgen
    website - see [The `webgen` command][2]

* Minor enhancements:

  - Added new value `current` for attribute `node` for webgen block
    content processor - see [ContentProcessor::Blocks][1]

  - The CLI commands `apply` and `create` can now make use of remote
    website bundles due to [Source::TarArchive][3]

  - Added new option [`contentprocessor.redcloth.hard_breaks`][6] for
    specifying if single newlines should become HTML line break tags

  - The use of the environment variable `WEBGEN_WEBSITE` moved from the
    CLI to the main Webgen::Website class sothat it is also available
    when programmatically using webgen.

* Bug fixes:

  - `Tag::Link`: the linked-to node is now correctly specified for
    partial site regeneration

  - Fixed `Node#changed?` and `Node#meta\_info\_changed?`: dependent
    meta information nodes are now checked in `Node#changed?`

  - `SourceHandler::Virtual`: changes in the meta information for
    virtual nodes are now correctly detected

  - `SourceHandler::Metainfo`: empty meta information files don't throw
    errors anymore

  - `SourceHandler::Metainfo`: deleting a path/alcn from a meta
    information file now correctly updates the affected nodes

  - `SourceHandler::Virtual`/`SourceHandler::Page`: detection of
    deleted paths between webgen runs now works correctly and doesn't
    throw error anymore (bug reported by Tim H.)

  - `SourceHandler::Fragment`: fixed bug with header tag attribute

  - Fixed a small CSS bug in the website bundle style-andres06

  - Fixed bug in CLI: commands specified in `ext/init.rb` are now
    correctly recognized

  - `Webgen::Website`: `#execute_in_env` now correctly sets back prior
    website object

  - Updated used versions of dependencies, rake is now a development
    dependency, all development dependencies now use `>=` instead of
    just `=`. This fixes a bug with rake (reported by Chad Wooley)

* Documentation:

  - The documentation now includes [previews][5] of all website style

  - The [configuration option reference][7] now shows the default
    values for each option

  - Updated installation instructions and added platform specific notes

  - Added documentation for [Source::FileSystem][4] and

  - Other general user documentation updates

  - Went through the whole API documentation and fixed documentation
    bugs and added some new documentation

  - Online API documentation now uses the new RDoc template *darkfish*

* Deprecation notes:

  - The objects `node`, `ref_node`, `dest_node` and `website` are
    deprecated and will be removed in one of the next versions, use
    `context.node`, `context.ref_node`, `context.dest_node` and
    `` instead!

  - `Node#flagged` is now called `Node#flagged?` - the old name will be
    removed in one of the next releases.

  - `Webgen::Block` is now named `Webgen::Page::Block` and
    `Webgen::WebgenPageFormatError` is now called
    `Webgen::Page::FormatError` - the old names will be removed in one
    of the next releases.

  - `Webgen::ContentProcessor::Context` is now named `Webgen::Context`
    - the old name will be removed in one of the next releases.

  - All website templates have been removed, there is just one
    `default` website bundle instead for a default website.

  - The class `Webgen::WebsiteManager` now handles bundles instead of
    styles and templates.


What's webgen?

webgen is a tool to generate static websites by combining content
with template files. You create one or more template files in which
you define the layout of your page and where the content should go.
After that you create page files in which you only define the
content. You can use a variety of markup languages like Textile or
Markdown or Haml to define your content and you can add dynamic parts
via ERB or by using webgen tags. This allows the automatic generation
of menus, breadcrumb trails and much more!


gem install webgen


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