When I was first introduced to Django, I found it so pleasant to work with,
and so productive, that I ended up accidentally creating this site. I still
stand by this first impression, and I still recommend and promote Django
whenever I get the chance.
But sometimes it just isn't the right tool for the job. For a site like
mine, which has essentially no dynamic content whatsoever, and is infrequently
updated, it doesn't really make sense to keep up with the treadmill of
updates, both to Django itself, and to the supporting infrastructure like the
PostgreSQL database that sits behind it. Static HTML pages would be simpler to
maintain, and, as an added benefit, load faster.
However, I didn't want to give up on some of the key parts of Django that
really made my life easier. The templating system, for example, meant that
I could tweak the look of the site and have changes consistently propagated
across all pages, without manually updating each one. The automatic generation
of RSS feeds was another nicety I didn't want to lose.
I therefore put together a system that allows me to retain the key benefits
of Django, while producing an end result that is in fact a whole bunch of
static HTML pages. It's called
Transcribe, and it currently powers this site and a couple of others that