After I posted my review of Hammer – the simple to use, GUI app that helps me design with HTML – this week, several people tweeted a few alternatives. Oooh, oooh, let’s go look!
Let’s take a look.
Punch is a simple, intuitive web publishing framework that will delight both designers and developers.
“Simple.” “Delight(ful).” I like the sound of that. And there’s a video too. I like videos. This could be…
- Download and Install Node.js
- Install Punch
npm install -g punch
- Create your site –
punch setup mysite
Delightful. Yeah, I’m always delighted by a bit of node on the command line. Me and I bet countless other designers just love to create by typing
punch setup mysite. Oh yes.
Well let’s compare, shall we? Oh yes lets!
Hammer installs via the Mac AppStore.
Jekyll on the other hand:
The best way to install Jekyll is via RubyGems:
gem install jekyll
Jekyll requires the gems
classifier. These are automatically installed by the gem install command.
If you encounter errors during gem installation, you may need to install the header files for compiling extension modules for ruby 1.9.1. This can be done on Debian systems.
So. Totally the same fucking thing then.
Surely Middleman can’t be as bad. Surely that won’t assume that designers like me are comfortable with the command line or even know the bloody thing exists. Surely it won’t expect it, just because I know a bit of HTML and CSS.