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Dec 19, 2019
Creating Static Sites in Rust with Vincent Prouillet
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Vincent is the creator of Zola (Formerly Gutenburg), a Static Site Generator built with Rust and Tera, a Jinja2-like template engine.

If you create a site with Zola, Vincent would appreciate you adding your site to the EXAMPLES file in the repository.

You can also take a look at the source for this website which is currently built with Zola.

Vincent Prouillet


Tools/Crates used by Zola

Static Site Hosts

Crates for Web Applications

Compiled Template Engines

Runtime Template Engines

Static Site Generators

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  • [00:00:19] What's a static site generator?
  • [00:03:12] How easy is it to build and edit a site?
  • [00:07:18] Why create a new static site generator?
  • [00:11:55] The Tera template engine and Vincent's experience building it
  • [00:17:13] Creating filters and tests to use with Tera
  • [00:23:49] What's a taxonomy?
  • [00:25:08] Mapping content to URLs
  • [00:30:13] The experience of being an open source maintainer
  • [00:33:17] Rust crates and features used by Zola
  • [00:36:17] How the Rust ecosystem ensured fast performance
  • [00:39:55] Is Rust ready for web applications?
  • [00:42:45] What applications are best suited to Rust now?
  • [00:46:10] Issues or things you wish existed in Rust?
  • [00:50:28] Helping out with Zola
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