Entries Tagged as 'JavaScript'

Announcing ncline: a Node Program/Platform for Executing JavaScript Functions from a Command Line

JavaScript , Node.js No Comments »

I'm pleased to announce the release of my new open-source project, ncline.  ncline stands for "Node Command Line", and it's a platform for writing Node-powered JavaScript functions ("commands") that can be executed from a command line interface.

When you launch ncline, it loops through the collections of module folders within the master "cmdModules" folder and adds any functions exported under the "commands" property to a catalog of executable commands.  The user can then execute any of those commands from the ncline command prompt by typing the command name followed by any required or optional arguments.


Instructing Proxyquire To Ignore Nested Requires

JavaScript , Node.js 2 Comments »

When writing unit tests for Node.js applications, you can use the proxyquire npm module to override the modules pulled in by the file under test using require(), replacing them with your own.


Using a Route Naming Convention to Control View Access in AngularJS

AngularJS , JavaScript 1 Comment »

Suppose for a moment that you have an AngularJS single-page application, one with view routes managed with then ngRoute module, that is used by users with different roles.  A user in your company's Sales group has access to certain areas of the application, while a user in Accounting works in other parts of the application.  And there are also some areas of the application that are common to all users.

Now, you already have the navigation menu wired up so that users only see the navigation links appropriate to their user roles.  And even if a Sales user somehow ends up in a view meant for an Accounting user, the server answering the REST calls for the data powering that view is going to check the security token sent with the request and isn't going to honor that request.  But you'd still like to keep users out of UI views that aren't meant for them.

You could do a user access check at the start of each controller, or perhaps within the resolve property of each route, but that would be repetitive and it's something you could forget to do on occasion.


Introducing Sparker: A Codebase Library Management Tool Showcasing AngularJS, Protractor, and Grunt Techniques

AngularJS , Grunt , JavaScript , Web development No Comments »

Sometimes projects take on a life of their own, and you end up with something unexpected.

I set out to create an template for CRUD-focused single page AngularJS web applications, something I and perhaps my colleagues could use as a foundation for writing new applications.  But under the momentum of self-applied scope creep, what I ended up creating was a Grunt-powered codebase library management tool, with my original template concept as the first codebase of potentially multiple foundational codebases.


Using Grunt to Concatenate Only the JavaScript/CSS Files Used in Index.html

Grunt , JavaScript , Web development 10 Comments »

One of the most common uses of the Grunt task runner is to build a deployment package out of your development code for your website or web application, and part of that build process is usually a task that concatenates the CSS and JavaScript files into singular (or at least fewer) files for optimal download.

The grunt-contrib-concat Grunt plugin allows you to configure a concatenation task to target individual files or entire directories, like so:

concat: {
            js: {
                src: [ 'dev/jquery/jquery.js', 'dev/angular/services/*.js', 'dev/angular/directives/*.js' ],
                dest: '../build/combined.js',
                options: {
                    separator: ';'

The only drawback is that you have to update the task's "src" property as you add or remove CSS and JavaScript assets from your web application.

As I was playing around with Grunt on a personal project, I came to wonder: could I create a Grunt task or set of tasks that could figure out which files to concatenate based on the <link> and <script> tags in my code?  Here's what I came up with.