A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away
highlight.js (and CDNs) to the rescue!
I'm very much a "path of least resistance" kind of person. If there's a problem with an upstream dependency in your Python module, you'd better believe that I'm already looking at your next-best competitor. This attitude comes from my near-constant, panicked desire to "get things done," as well as too much time spent fighting PyInstaller and dependency trees on the Hermes project. So naturally I went looking for an alternative. That market is sparse, but highlight.js stood out as a clear second choice. Alas, no line numbers, but there's a reason for that (apparently). What it did have was a standard, language-agnostic package common enough to have found a home on the Cloudflare CDN. I'm well aware that I should
probably definitely host my own dependencies, but when Ghost has such easy code-injection it was all too easy to just chuck those CDN links in the header. Doing this properly (and probably fixing the prism bug) are on my //TODO list, for sure, but an MVP is a nice place to start.
And just when you thought I was done...
Unfortunately the latest version of Ghost doesn't support adding a language to your code blocks. In their infinite wisdom (or in an attempt to pander to writers over programmers), the developers have made code blocks started by the ``` ``` syntax
stolen lifted borrowed from markdown automatically open a cool code input field. While this is initially quite cool, it allows no way to explicitly specify a programming language for the code inside. It took a bit of internet sleuthing, but eventually I found a (not terrible) solution: use a markdown block! Last time I used Ghost, everything was markdown anyway, but now you can explicitly specify markdown the same way you can with an image or a Youtube video (i.e. with Ghost's fancy pants context menu).
In said markdown block, you can use the traditional ```language ``` syntax for specifying a language. I'm personally hoping that the Ghost developers can find a way to rectify this in the future, but I live in the now and this will have to do for the moment.
And that's it, I promise! As much fun as all of that was, there's only one thing left to do: try it out!
Here, have some pretty colours and a terrible way to screen programmers
for i in range(100):
if i % 3 == 0 and i % 5 == 0:
elif: i % 3 == 0:
elif: i % 5 == 0: