♦ Middleman: Hand-crafted frontend development →

Just noticed that Middleman, my preferred static site framework, got a major update and its own website. What it is:

* Ruby gem running off Sinatra
* Allows templates, partials and creates pretty URLs
* Lets you use trendy-ass languages like Haml (boo), Sass (yay), CoffeeScript (wha?) and Markdown (all hail Lord Gruber)
* Supports great tools that have become essentials in my web development workflow: [HTML5 Boilerplate](http://html5boilerplate.com), [LiveReload](http://livereload.com), [Pow](http://pow.cx) via Rack, and [Compass](http://compass-style.org)
* And a bunch of other features I should probably be using. As with the HTML5 Boilerplate, this is a large part of its appeal — discovering new tools and best practices.

First version was a bit iffy here and there, but the developer was very responsive (even after having taken a break from the project). Now super awesome, highly recommended, blah blah.

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