Hydrator is a small Node.js-based web application framework for semi-static sites. It maps URL paths to files, compiling certain kinds of assets on-the-fly, as appropriate. Hydrator also allows for dynamic content, with CoffeeScript files that can be executed to generate a response.
Routes are mapped to different possible files. Static assets, like HTML, PNGs, CSS, and JS, are served directly. Certain file types, like Markdown and CoffeeScript, are compiled before serving. CoffeeScript files at the root of the project are used as server-side scripts, and executed in a sandbox with helpers for handling the request and response.
Dynamic content is as simple as:
Hydrator is a CLI app, installable using npm.
$ npm install -g hydrator
Create a project:
$ hydrator create hello_world
Serve the project:
$ hydrator serve hello_world Server listening on http://localhost:5000
The site content is in the
www/ folder. The
project is ready to be deployed to Heroku.
Simply create an app on Heroku, commit, and push.
Public Domain, on GitHub »
And now, some Instagram photos, demonstrating the dynamic aspect: