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Creating command line tools with Node.js

March 15th, 2016    by sigman    13076
  Tips   nodejs, javascript, linux, programming

I needed to create an utility that when installed as a global module, it would be both available as a command line tool in bash and as a Node module that could be imported with require function from any Node script. As the command line tool, i wanted it to take input in two ways: take parameters and read input from a file or take piped streams. This tip explains how this can be achieved.

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Using modules and dependency management in JavaScript applications with AMD - require.js

June 2nd, 2013    by sigman    4106
  Tutorials   programming, javascript

requirejs logoOne of the first things I had to learn when starting developing JavaScript applications was how to overcome lack of dependency management and concept of modules and namespaces. Unfortunately there are few JS books touching on these topics. When building large scale application, implementing hundreds of <script> tags becomes really hard to manage, especially when we need to keep them in specific order. Also the more script tags are included in the html files, the more requests a browser needs to do - this may cause a significant impact to the overall user experience - loading times, UI freezes... As JS lately became a language of choice for developing web applications targeting not only desktops but also mobile devices, developers needed to find a solution for that. Instead of waiting for changes to the JS specification (http://wiki.ecmascript.org/doku.php?id=harmony:modules) and for implementing that consequently to the popular browsers, they agreed for a standard that would be used both on server and client side and they named it CommonJS (http://wiki.commonjs.org/wiki/CommonJS). The solution works great with JS on the server side but due to the fact that files are loaded synchronously, it doesn't work well with browsers as this would block user interface during script load process. So the client side solution was modified for asynchronous loading by wrapping modules in files into callback functions. This is known as AMD - Asynchronous Module Definition
(https://github.com/amdjs/amdjs-api/wiki/AMD, http://requirejs.org/docs/whyamd.html). One of the most popular AMD loader solutions is the require.js and in this article we will look how to use it.

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Regex basics

March 14th, 2012    by sigman    4824
  Primers   javascript, linux, RegEx

Regular expressions are patterns that can be matched against strings. They are used in many different situations and places. Most commonly regex come handy when doing operations on multiple files or working with strings like extracting specific values, validating forms, removing or replacing certain patterns like markup, splitting strings.

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