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📖 Kb | 📎 Development | 🔖 javascript, ecmascript, node.js, nodejs

What JavaScript versions are there and how do they map to Node.JS versions?

There are now far too many versions of JavaScript. Worse, there are several ways to refer to a JavaScript version. Then we have Node.JS which has its own versioning. This post tries to summarise it all.

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📖 Kb | 📎 Development | 🔖 node.js, nodejs, npm, json

Using npm configuration environment variables in package.json

npm automatically makes parts of your package.json file available as environment variables. This can be useful when using npm as a run script service.

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📖 Kb | 📎 Hugo | 🔖 hugo, diagrams

Embed a diagram in a Hugo page

It is great to be able to define a diagram in code directly in your web pages. This article shows you one way to achieve that using Gravizo.

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📖 Kb | 📎 Development | 🔖 node.js, nodejs, javascript, ecmascript

Download a GitHub Repository using Node.JS

Downloading a repository from GitHub using Node.JS should be really easy. But it isn’t! This KB post reminds us of the tricks required.

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📖 Kb | 📎 Development | 🔖 javascript, ecmascript

How to walk through a JavaScript object in sort order

Using a JavaScript object like a keyed array, what is the simplest way to walk through the object?


📖 Kb | 📎 Development | 🔖 javascript, ecmascript

How to get the properties of a JavaScript object without errors

You cannot natively request chained properties of a JavaScript object without the possibility of an error. This utility function allows you to get any properties, no matter how they are nested.

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📖 About | 📎None | 🔖None

Design for this Blog

Outlines key design elements, things left to do and testing links.


📖 Posts | 📎 Development | 🔖 git, github, npm, node.js, nodejs

Creating GitHub Releases from git Tags

The workflow for updating version numbers and doing git/GitHub/npm releases is far too complex to easily remember when you aren’t doing it very often. This post is a reminder of the various steps.


📖 Posts | 📎 Security | 🔖 paypal, finance, security

Use an Authenticator App to Login to PayPal

PayPal seem to think that SMS text messages are a secure two-factor authentication method. Sadly, they are greatly mistaken. This article explains why and what to do about it.


📖 Kb | 📎 Development, it-security | 🔖 node-red, security

How to create secure certificates

Generate certificates for Node-RED that are trusted by all modern browsers. This will let you access Node-RED (and other services) over an encrypted HTTPS link.