I blogged last year about my switch from Markdown to AsciiDoc, and that I was using AsciiDocFX.
I still like AsciiDoc, but AsciiDocFX has been getting on my nerves:
Still, I used it.
But, I built a new computer this week. And I've been setting up my softwares on it. I thought it might be worthwhile to see if there's an AsciiDoc plugin for Visual Studio Code. And, of course there was, because apparently the Code extension ecosystem is booming!
So, I installed AsciiDoc by Joao Pinto, since it came with a live preview. But, it requires me to actually install the asciidoc command line tool.
So, I thought, that should be easy enough. I went to the AsciiDoc site and started following the directions for Windows installation.
Okay, well now I need to install Ruby. Should be easy enough. I already have Chocolatey NuGet, so I'll just run
choco install ruby. No problem. I know that ruby comes with gem, so I should be all set.
According to AsciiDoc... docs... I just use
gem install asciidoctor and that should do the trick.
But, no. It's not that easy. Otherwise I wouldn't be writing this blog. I got an error message:
SSL_connect returned=1 errno=0 state=SSLv3 read server certificate B: certificate verify failed
I'm sure all you Ruby people or Mac people or whatever already know where this is going, but I had no clue. So I googled it. I found a whole bunch of suggestions on StackOverflow. Some solutions made sense but weren't for Windows, and vice versa. I eventually hit upon some random guy's Gist and SSL upgrades on rubygems.org which lead to me this page on rubygems.org about SSL updates.
Fixing RubyGems Certificate Thingy
So, following that literally:
gem install --local C:\rubygems-update-2.6.7.gem
update_rubygems --no-ri --no-rdoc
gem uninstall rubygems-update -x
So, I guess that fixed... something? It's described in the gist I linked above. But I don't really understand why it's still a problem for a brand new install of ruby. Not complaining! It worked!
Okay, now Install AsciiDoc
gem install asciidoctor works. And now I get a live preview of AsciiDoc in Visual Studio Code.
I'll report back after some more time blogging to see if I like this, or if I eventually go back to AsciiDocFx.
UPDATE: As of early April 2017, I've been blogging this way and I'm extremely happy with it. Visual Studio Code keeps getting better, the preview plugin keeps getting better. I've had to introduce a few tweaks in my process, but I've got the whole pipeline semi-automated. It's easy to bring in code samples (thanks to AsciiDoc), easy to post to both the Couchbase blog and this blog, easy to run Yoast on it, and so on. Some day I'll write a blog post explaining the whole process (and hopefully get some good suggestions for streamlining!)
Matthew D. Groves lives in Central Ohio. He works remotely, loves to code, and is a Microsoft MVP.