Pandoc vs. Pandemic
what have tools ever done for you
While things were shifting away from away from keyboard, I found little pleasures in seeing software tools in production. Most of all I enjoy small scripts1 that take a few lines of readable text and turn it into a website for an online course, into lecture notes, or a slide deck for presentation.
This all bases on
Markdown text files and some interpreter and compiler. For the websites the interpreter is
hugo, for the lecture nodes it is
bookdown, and for the presentation it is
The sources are conveniently edited in my favorite editor. With syntax highlighting and code concealing, the basic parts of the markup is partially hidden and already preinterpreted.
The final compilation and interpretation is well kept out of sight and can be automated or not on many stages.
Together with other little unix tools2, it took me just one hour to turn my notes on my natural yeast recipes into an e-book and arrange the pdf export such that it could be printed as an 8-page booklet on a single A4 page.
Please checkout the outcomes: