Static site generators, tools which take a set of input files and generate static HTML, are surprisingly capable scripts that have become increasingly common. In this talk, we'll discuss some of the benefits of "static CMSes" including security, performance, and simplicity. We'll match this with many of their limitations and potential strategies to overcome these issues. Brief introductions to Jekyll and Nanoc, two of the more popular tools in this space, will be provided. We will also hit on static-site work-flows, including integration with Github's gh-pages and Development Seed's Prose markdown editor.
While this is not a Drupal-specific talk, we will close with a brief discussion of the relationship between Drupal and static site generators. By the end of the presentation, you should have a good grasp on the role such generators could play in your future projects as well as the roles they shouldn't.