‘Iacta alea est’
11ty is also built for a world of APIs, it is a post-Jamstack framework. Not that Jamstack is gone, but that this new way of working was the fertile soil in which 11ty grew, and 11ty is thus well suited to things like fetching remote data via APIs.
11ty is inspired by Jekyll (is there a static site generator that isn’t in some way?). Jekyll had a bit of a renaissance when Parker Moore started contributing in 2013 and he later took over the project. He modernised it adding the concept of collections in 2014 which broadened Jekyll’s appeal from simply a blogging platform to be something a lot more flexible.
Now it’s difficult to retrofit something so fundamental into an existing tool, so Mr. Moore did an impressive job in getting collections in. 11ty on the other hand was designed with collections as a premise and thus you experience no dissonance when using them. Jekyll expanded, 11ty contracted.
You can understand it. It gets out of your way. It gives you the freedom you crave.
—Tuesday 18th May 2021.