owl

markdown blogging system built on mongoose

OWL (OWL Watches Letters) is a simple node.js blogging engine backed by MongoDB and the file system. It was heavily influenced by reed.

With owl, writing a blog post or static page means creating a new markdown file in either the posts or pages directory. If owl is running when the new file is saved, it will read the file, parse the markdown, apply the meta data set in the file, and save the post/page to mongo. Any modifications to this file will trigger the same cycle, ultimately updating the post on the database. If owl isn't running, it will pick up the changes later on initialization.

In order to define a title, tags, or other metadata associated with a post or page, key/value definitions at the top of the file are required. Look at the examples or read further to see the format.

If a file is removed, the corresponding database entry will also be removed. This, along with most other aspects of owl, is configurable. Look at the documentation on createBlog for all possible options.

Returns a Blog instance, defaulting to the following options.

var owl = require('owl');
 
var blog = owl.createBlog({
    posts: './posts' // Post directory 
  , pages: './pages' // Page directory 
  , mongo: 'mongodb://localhost/blog' // MongoDB URI 
  , debug: false
});

Sets (if passed a value) or gets an internal or arbitrary setting.

blog.set('posts'); // => './posts' 
blog.set('posts', __dirname + '/content');

Initializes the post/page directory watchers and performs an update on both. On completion, the optional callback is called and the init event fired.

blog.init(function(e) {
  ...
});
 
blog.on('init', function(e) {
  ...
});

Looks through all files in the type of content specified (posts or pages), upserting the content corresponding to the file.

Emits either a posts.updated or pages.updated event.

blog.update('posts', function(e) {
  ...
});
 
blog.on('posts.updated', function() {
  ...
});

Retrieves an array of posts, defaulting to the following options.

blog.posts({
    page: 1
  , per_page: 10 // Set to 0 for no pagination 
  , sort_path: 'date' // Path on which to sort, can be nested (ex: 'meta.title') 
  , sort_dir: 'desc' // Sort direction ('desc' or 'asc') 
}, function(eposts) {
  ...
});

blog.post(slug, callback)

Retrieves a post. The slug is, by default, the filename excluding '.md'

blog.post('hello-world', function(epost) {
  ...
});

Retrieves a page. The slug is, by default, the filename excluding '.md'

blog.page('about', function(epage) {
  ...
});

The following is the inlined contents of examples/simple

var owl = require('owl')
  , blog = owl.createBlog({ posts: './posts', pages: './pages' });
  
blog.init(function(e) {
    
  blog.post('example-post', function(epost) {
    console.log(post);
    /** 
     *  {   title: 'Example Post'
     *    , slug: 'example-post'
     *    , date: Date(Sat, 04 Feb 2012 08:00:00 GMT)
     *    , md: '## This is a *simple* owl blog post\n...'
     *    , html: '<h2>This is a <em>simple</em> owl blog post</h2>\n...'
     *    , comments: [ ]
     *    , ... }
     **/
  });
  
  blog.posts(function(eposts) {
    console.log(posts);
    /** 
     * [ {   title: 'Example Post'
     *     , slug: 'example-post'
     *     , ... } ]
     */
  });
  
  blog.page('example-page', function(epage) {
    console.log(page);
    /** 
     *  {   title: 'Example Page'
     *    , slug: 'example-page'
     *    , md: '### This is example page\n...', 
     *    , ... }
     **/
  });
 
});

posts/example-post.md

title: Example Post
date: 2-4-2012
tags: example, test, owl, blog

## This is a *simple* owl blog post

This is [github-flavored markdown](http://github.github.com/github-flavored-markdown/):

words_inside_here_won't_be_italicized

```javascript
var foo = 'bar!';
```
title: Example page

### This is a example page!
  • Watches post and page markdown (.md) in the specified directories and syncs them with mongo documents.

  • Supports title, date, tags, and other metadata

  • Provides a simple commenting system with markdown support.

  • API is both callback and event driven.

  • All markdown is github flavored

In the root:

npm install -g mocha
mocha

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2012 Conner Petzold cpetzold@gmail.com

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