Saturday, September 16, 2017

Moraga fiscal emergency solution

The sfchronicle post inspired me to look on infrastructure cost solutions across the globe and national scope. Seems the cities and larger entities already developed several ways of making sustainable and balanced budgeting models. 

The base principle came from this brief review: the cost should be placed on shoulders the entities which actually utilizing the infrastructure. From the owners of properties to utility companies. 

For utilities the shared infrastructure rental from municipal entity, for landscape owners - the amount of water and traffic they create, ...

There is a way to have the rental super-attractive by making it significantly cheaper than servicing by themselves. The way to achieve that: use the shared infrastructure for different services. The drain system with embedded fiberoptics(cable TV, internet, phone), power, sewage and water. The highly modularized, oriented on hot-swap non-destructive replacement  grid will cost a fraction of single service. And having many services will cut the cost on level of magnitude.

Monday, July 24, 2017

SVG use notes

Notes for myself.
Dimensions Embedded SVG within HTML page have several ways to define those:

  1. CSS via style="width:18px;height:18px" or class name like class="icon"
  2. attributes via width="18px" height="18px"
  3. viewport and viewBox attributes
While all of above could define the image sizes, there is a need for discipline in orchestrating all. The best way is to rely on CSS for sizing within HTML. Hence to use only #1. 
The reason is that in HTML CSS has higher priority than width/height attributes and if SVG tag has any default style, it would override those width/height inline attributes.

For cross-browser compatibility you still need the viewBox="0 0 1000 1000" attribute to define dimensions in SVG coordinates, usually it matches the image size. Only exception is a tile - when multiple images collected in SVG and you want to display only one a time. That is an advanced technique handy for collections like color icons. 
More on W3C site.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

XmlView moved to CDN

XmlView bookmarklet and XSLT makes the table presentation of JSON and XML in browser.

Now the XmlView would work for any web site which does escalate the security setting to use only own domain resources. So far it is almost any web site on interned.

What is new:
  1. Bookmarklet uses https on CDN which permits to see the transformantion without altering CORS browser settings
  2. Flickr and LinkedIn web services given for reference of JSON RESTful APIs
This release 1.0.0 is now located on
Happy coding

Friday, May 26, 2017

xml4jQuery 1.1.0 released

Proud of it. Finally passed a full set of tests on all features I had in mind:

  • event handling 
  • call chain results propagated into callbacks 
  • Promise support for single run and $then() for recurrent call chain invocation 
  • error handling matching the Promise behavior 

$(".toFill")    .html("Click here")
                .xmlTransform( 'test/test.xml', 'test/test.xsl')
                .prepend('Still clickable <hr/>');
 Also not so visible:

  • moved tests to ES6, they shortened at least twice 
  • made release build script to match CDN and NPM deployments, before it was a manual process 
  • started to use for project documentation 
For next release:

  • IE tests compatibility via AMD loader shim to load ES6 in IE on fly
  • $then() to accept other async chain 
Somewhere in future
  • refactor sources to ES6, target compiler to ES6, 
  • auto-transpiler shim for IE reference implementation

Thursday, May 18, 2017

JS in browser tricks

Convert arguments, NodeList, attributes to normal JS array

Little notes for myself el=>console.log(el) ) // arguments to normal JS array
Object.keys({a:0}) // keys to array

[... this.attributes].filter( el=>!'data-') ).forEach( el=> console.log(, el.value) ) // DomElement attributes (NamedNodeMap) to array es6
Array.from(this.attributes).filter( el=>!'data-') ) // -||- es5 + shim 'input[type=checkbox]' ), item => item.checked = true ); // es5

// ES6 

let divsArray = [...document.querySelectorAll('div')]; // Convert NodeList to Array

let argsArray = [...arguments]; // Convert Arguments to Array
For IE and legacy use polyfills from core-js or babel-polyfill

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Deployed first site to Amazon Elastic Beanstalk

It is a single environment to manage DB, site, firewall, load balancer,... cool stuff. But also quite useful. Need to organize the process though, but it is justifiable. Now could replicate environment without many manual steps. I hope the site will grow to the level of need for auto-scale feature in Beanstalk.

In competitive stacks with automatic scaling given by Heroku or Google Apps Engine there is a huge gap in supported frameworks. The decent CMS is almost impossible to configure and support by night-time project owner there. Unlike others Amazon made a classic LAMP available out of the box. Well, almost: for complete Drupal app I still need to:

  1. add DB in RDS, open access to my IP in security group, create schema 
  2. install app, create key pair for ssh access, open ssh access to my IP in site security group, 
  3. adjust .htaccess zip and download application folder. This archive content is now a primary deployment unit. For convenience it will be placed in git repo. 
My wish to Amazon folks: with covering the steps above you will completely reach the declared goal of creating the ready-to-use complex site like CMS with a push of a button. Just make a GIT repo for each app type and have the process started with a git fork and finished with running app. 

Another wish: make a DNS server( or configure /etc/hosts in each instance) a part of BeanStalk so entries like "dbhost" could be used inside of instances and configured as part of sub-cloud without ever need to know what is means.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

OSX UX is counterproductive

In another words why I hate OSX UX. It is designed for house wives but not for professional. There are many work around but nothing given out of the box like in Windows 10. Most of ways around is to substitute what has been done by OSX.
  • In open dialog there is no space to paste the file path. Even in Xcode. Google's adwise made me hysterical.
    trick CMD+SHIFT+G opens text input for path. Unfortunately it is blank and does not match the current folder. At least TAB makes similar to bash suggestion.
  • No folder tree in finder, neither the current path. trick CMD+I opens folder preferences popup. At least here you could see the breadcrumb where the folder is located. No way to copy into clipboard though.
    hack to create a context menu for folder path. Not for ordinary people, not convenient either.
  • Functional keys so mixed with OS and application that became useless. As sample CTRL-F3 works as in application as in desktop preventing consistent behavior. Look at complains list.
  • Image editor, even primitive is not a part OSX.