Thomas Beck's Blog (Page 3)

Musings about technology and things tangentially related

Mermaid Diagrams in Statiq

According to the definition on the Mermaid site, Mermaid is a JavaScript based diagramming and charting tool that renders Markdown-inspired text definitions to create and modify diagrams dynamically. In short, when creating online Markdown-based documentation or publications, like with GitHub or with static site generators that use Markdown to generate content, you can move from static images to dynamically generated diagrams. Mermaid currently supports diagrams such as flowcharts, sequence diagrams, class diagrams, ER diagrams and Gantt charts with more diagrams being added.


Early Tech Publications

In porting my blog to Statiq, I was forced to revisit a whole lot of content, most of which is more than a decade old. As part of this review, I cleaned up old broken links, of which there were many. I would estimate that 60% of the web links I had from my original blog pages were to sites or content that no longer existed. This says a lot about how the web has evolved and how much content turns over as time progresses.


Beckshome on Statiq

After 7 years of being dormant, the blog hummed back to life over the past month. It started with a full .NET hosted blog, moved to Wordpress and then was exported from Wordpress to create static content in 2015, which is where things stood for the past 7 years. I decided to go with a static site generator to modernize the site, specifically with Statiq, which is a .NET-based static site generator.