Blog / Misc.

This section of the site is for "blog" type posts, short asides, and other miscellaneous bits of content that do not qualify as a project or tool.

Details on using a Google Cloud Platform Function and NodeJS to maintain a fixed URL that forwards to a dynamic Ngrok host and can be easily redeployed.

Simple example showing how to use http-proxy-middleware with a NodeJS powered Google Cloud Function.

How to use .env files that are in a different directory than a docker-compose YML file, with variable substitution and relative paths. Options and workarounds.

How to test that an array does not include any members of another array with Chai JS and Mocha framework. Explains workaround and why certain tests don't work.

Information about public Reddit APIs, building post preview embeds, parsing Reddit JSON data, and an example of a custom Reddit embed generator.

Tips and tricks on sharing global variable values, inject values, capturing variables, and general NodeJS workarounds for if you can't edit a file.

Figuring out why stat is returning blank birthtimes on Unix/Linux and how NodeJS got around this with an update to fs.stat through its libuv dependency.

Solutions and tips on how to use "created" and "last updated" date and timestamps with Gatsby and Git, including a fully automated approach with git hooks.

A beginner attempt at creating automatic folder directory listing index pages within Gatsby, using createPages, GraphQL, MarkdownRemark and allDirectory.

I recently wanted to force WordPress to make all my <script> and stylesheet (<link>) tags load relative URLs instead of absolute URLs, and ended up learning a bit about the internals of WordPress (probably more than I wanted to know). For reference, I wanted to turn this: <link rel=’stylesheet’ id=’joshuatzwp-style-css’ href=’http://joshuatz-wp.test/wp-content/themes/joshuatzwp/style.css‘ type=’text/css’ media=’all’ /> Into […]