Thanks to Arthur Gunn I've checked out the middleman gem and by my humble opinion it is better than staticmatic, it is sinatra based and the helpers it provides are with the same names as in rails so you'll feel right at home. I still have not played with the frank gem, I'll update this post after I take a closer look at it.
Introduction - Staticmatic
So I thought...there must be an easier way to to this (save the aliens)...so I did some research and discovered Staticmatic (all features are still not well documented).
gem install staticmatic
It's very easy to use. You just need to create your new staticmatic project:
staticmatic setup project_name
Compass and haml are supported, and a default layout is already setup for you to play with. All additional configuration for staticmatic and compass is done inside the config directory. Inside the compass configuration file I've only added
http_images_path = '/images'
because when css files are generated by compass the default directory is set to stylesheets.
If you wish to use other compass plugins like 960gs or whatever simply add the scss, sass files inside the src/stylesheets dir.
So now all you need to do is power up you favorite code editor, than start compass watch and the web server and start coding :)
#on separate consoles compass watch staticmatic preview project_name
When you're done with that, you can generate the html with:
staticmatic build project_name
Explore the documentation how to use the layouts etc.
Things that I missed while using staticmatic
Features that I really missed and by my opinion need to be included are:
Generating sprites for images - with the sprite_css or limonade gems
Using other gems :) I just wanted this usability to be implemented in staticmatic rather than hacking around and doing it manually.
I really like using haml and compass for front-end development, if you know a better way for doing this pls comment or email me, I'll be glad to update the post.