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📅 Get begining and end of week with Moment.js

To get the date for benining of week for a date in moment you can use the startOf and endOf functions on moment objects.

const today = moment();
const from_date = today.startOf('week');
const to_date = today.endOf('week');
  from_date: from_date.toString(),
  today: moment().toString(),
  to_date: to_date.toString(),

// {
//   from_date: "Sun Apr 22 2018 00:00:00 GMT-0500",
//   today: "Thu Apr 26 2018 15:18:43 GMT-0500",
//   to_date: "Sat Apr 28 2018 23:59:59 GMT-0500"
// }

NOTE: Remember that the start of week will depend on the user’s locale settings on their machine. If you want to use start of week based on ISO 8601 you can use moment().startOf('isoWeek');

The same technique can be used for start of month (startOf('month')), start of year (startOf('year')) and even quarter (startOf('quarter');).

Dynamically Create HTML Elements

An HTML element can be created with a string that matches a recognized entity.

const Paragraph = 'p';
return <Paragraph>Some paragraph content</Paragraph>

This means we can dynamically create HTML elements such as headers:

const H = ({ level, ...props }) => {
  const Heading = `h${Math.min(level, 6)}`;
  return <Heading {...props} />;

return (
    <H level={1}>Header 1</H>
    <H level={2}>Header 2</H>
    <H level={5}>Header 5</H>

With some inspiration, I’ve created a live example here.

Fix Timeouts and Speed Up Jest on CI

If you have a large or complex test suite, running Jest on CI can make your build especially slow or cause timeouts. Luckily, Jest has an option cut out for this.

jest --runInBand

runInBand runs all tests serially inside the current process instead of creating a bunch workers. Using this option, we were able to trim suite time above 20mins down to less than 4 mins. 🏎️😎

create-react-app Has A Default Test Setup File

In Configure Jest To Run A Test Setup File, I pointed to a way of configuring Jest in either the package.json or jest.config.js file with the setupTestFrameworkScriptFile value.

In a create-react-app project, this is not an option because setupTestFrameworkScriptFile is not one of the permitted config values for Jest.

There is a built-in value which happens to match what was recommended in the above post — <rootDir>src/setupTests.js.

This means that there is no configuration required. Instead, just create a setupTests.js file in the src directory of your CRA project and add any framework setup you need there. That file is already configured to run when you invoke yarn test.


Vim Verbose Map

Do you have a Vim mapping you’d like to know more about? One technique to explore a mapping is map. Here’s what my machine knows about gcc:

:map gcc
n  gcc           <Plug>CommentaryLine
o  gc            <Plug>Commentary
n  gc            <Plug>Commentary
x  gc            <Plug>Commentary

Need more information? Add verbose, which will also display where it was last set.

:verbose map gcc
n  gcc           <Plug>CommentaryLine
        Last set from ~/hashrocket/dotmatrix/.vim/bundle/vim-commentary/plugin/commentary.vim
o  gc            <Plug>Commentary
        Last set from ~/hashrocket/dotmatrix/.vim/bundle/vim-commentary/plugin/commentary.vim
n  gc            <Plug>Commentary
        Last set from ~/hashrocket/dotmatrix/.vim/bundle/vim-commentary/plugin/commentary.vim
x  gc            <Plug>Commentary
        Last set from ~/hashrocket/dotmatrix/.vim/bundle/vim-commentary/plugin/commentary.vim

Now we know which modes support gcc (normal, plus operator-pending, normal, and ex-mode as gc), what happens when the command is used, and who set it last.

h/t Chris Erin

Configure Jest To Run A Test Setup File

Jest can be configured to run a setup file before each test. This is useful for configuring your testing framework in a single place, rather than in each test file.

This setup file can be specified in package.json (or jest.config.js).

// package.json
  // ...
  "jest": {
    "setupTestFrameworkScriptFile": "<rootDir>src/setupTests.js"

The setupTestFrameworkScriptFile points to a test setup file at the specified location rooted at <rootDir> (the root of your project).

This kind of setup is helpful for something like Enzyme that needs to be configured with a specific adapter for use throughout your tests.

Case insensitive `in` query in #postgres #psql

If you have a list of strings and you want to query a column to get all the matching records, but you do not care about the casing, Postgres offers a cool and easy way of doing that with the citext extension.

Given this table:

id | company_name
 1 | Abibas
 2 | Nykey
 3 | Pumar

We want to match the following:

select company_name
from vendors 
where company_name in ('Abibas', 'NyKey', 'PUMAr');

First you will have to make sure you have the citext extension created if you haven’t already:

create extension citext;

Then you can cast the searched field to citext:

select company_name
from vendors 
where company_name::citext in ('Abibas', 'NyKey', 'PUMAr');

h/t joshbranchaud for helping me find this

ActiveRecord where.not

When I need a IS NULL SQL expression with ActiveRecord it is easy to avoid a SQL string fragment.

User.where(deactivated_at: nil)

But in early versions of Rails using IS NOT NULL required a string.

User.where("deactivated_at is not null")

But modern Rails has where.not expressions which can eliminate the string.

User.where.not(deactivated_at: nil)

Check If Something Is An Array

The Array class has a function on it called isArray() which can be used to check if something is an array.

> Array.isArray('Hello, World!');
// => false

> Array.isArray(['One', 2, [3]]);
// => true

> Array.isArray({ foo: 'bar' });
// => false

> Array.isArray([]);
// => true

The MDN docs provide an example polyfill if it is not natively available.

if (!Array.isArray) {
  Array.isArray = function(arg) {
    return === '[object Array]';

Access System Information On OS X

On machines running OS X, there is an Apple icon in the upper left corner as part of the menu bar. Clicking on this icon reveals a number of options. The first reads About This Mac.

If you hold down the option key, however, that first option will instead read System information…

Select that option to access the System Information panel which can tell you details about your hardware, software, and network.

h/t Dillon Hafer

Delete all node_modules dirs recursively with find

If you have hundreds of past JavaScript projects sitting in your workspace folder, you probably also have hundreds of node_modules folders nested inside of them, and hundreds of thousands actual npm modules resting peacefully in those.

Often enough all you care about is the code that uses the modules and not the modules themselves, so to save yourself some precious laptop diskspace you can just delete all those folders! When you need them again cd into the project directory and run yarn install or npm install.

First let’s do a dry run:

find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prune

and now that you checked the output of the above command you can delete all the nested node_module folders.

If you are still feeling paranoid (and you’re on macOS) you can simply move those to the Trash:

find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prune -exec trash '{}' +

If you feel a little braver just unlatch the airlock and toss them into a black hole 🕳 using rm -rf

find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prune -exec rm -rf '{}' +

I saved a whopping 80GB with this technique 🤑. Hope you find it helpful.

Resolve And Pass Multiple Values From A Then

Let’s say you are chaining multiple async function calls together.

  .then(response => {
    const trainerData = response.body;

    return fetchPokemonFor({ trainerId: });
  .then(response => {
    // I want trainerData, but it is now out of scope...

But in the last then() you want access to both the trainerData and the pokemonData. So, how do you pass both the trainerData and the resolved response of fetchPokemonFor() through to that last then().

  .then(response => {
    const trainerData = response.body;

    return Promise.all([
      fetchPokemonFor({ trainerId: })
  .then(([trainerData, pokemonResponse]) => {
    const pokemonData = pokemonResponse.body;

    // do something with trainerData and pokemonData

Promise.all allows us to resolve and pass multiple promises. If any of the values in the array argument is not a promise, it simply passes it through.

h/t Brian Dunn

Generate Zeropadded Ranges

Need to generate 100 directories, named 01/ to 99/? Today I learned that command line brace expansion supports zeropadded (starting with one or more zeroes) ranges. The following command will create 100 zeropadded, numbered directories:

$ mkdir {01..99}

Hit tab to see the expanded command.

The second zeropad, if there is one, can be omitted— the following creates a range of 01-05, even thought there’s no zero in front of the 5:

$ mkdir {01..5}

Which expands to:

$ mkdir 01 02 03 04 05

Shell Out With Elixir

Today I wrote a staging and production deploy script for Tilex, learning about System.cmd/3 along the way. The first argument to this function is the command, the second are arguments, and the third are options.

Here’s an example implementation from our script that deletes a Git tag and pushes that updated reference to origin:

System.cmd("git", ["tag", "-d", "staging"])
System.cmd("git", ["push", "origin", ":refs/tags/staging"])

Mocking Requests With Partial URIs Using Regex

Generally when mocking out requests with the webmock gem, we specify full request URIs like so:

stub_request(:post, 'http://localhost:4000/api/posts')

We may not want to specify the entire URI though. For instance, the host may change or be configurable. The stub_request method allows us to use regex.

stub_request(:post, %r|/api/posts|)

Using the %r regex literal syntax, we are able to avoid escaping all of the / characters in our URI.

h/t Brian Dunn

Use a proxy on curl/wget commands

Using a proxy can be a good way to debug http issues. Unfourtunately setting the proxy on macOS globally does not apply to all command line utilities.

On Curl for example you can set the proxy using the --proxy flag:

curl --proxy

Or by adding the following to your ~/.curlrc configuration file for a more persistent setting:

proxy =

A similar thing can be done with the wget utility by editing the ~/.wgetrc and adding:

http_proxy =

Sync Your react-router State With Redux

If you are building a React app that uses both redux and react-router, you’ll find that you are managing app state in two places. Most of your app state is in redux. The router-specific state is component-state in the Router.

You can unify it all in redux with react-router-redux.

You’ll need to apply some middleware, combine routerReducer with the rest of your reducers, and then swap out your BrowserRouter with a ConnectedRouter. You can read about the details here.

Get application's current version in production

If you use Distillery to produce Elixir releases for production you may be in a situation where your application is deployed and running but you are not sure what version is loaded into memory.

To verify the version:

  1. SSH into your server
  2. navigate into the bin directory of your release (e.g. app_release/your_project/bin)
  3. run the remote console ./your_project remote_console
  4. Run the spec function on Application: Application.spec(:your_project, :vsn)

You will get back a string such as ‘0.0.1’.

Create Dynamically Named Custom React Components

A React element is as simple as a function that returns some valid JSX. Any function will do.

const CustomComponent = ({ children }) => {
  return (

This function provides us with a React component that has a fixed name — CustomComponent. With the help of the displayName property, we can create dynamically named components.

const ComponentGenerator = ({ customName, children }) => {
  const CustomComponent = ({ children }) => {
    return (
  CustomComponent.displayName = customName;

  return (

const App = () => {
  return (
    <ComponentGenerator customName="RandomComponentName">

If we inspect the generated React tree, we will not see anything called <CustomComponent>, but instead we will see our <RandomComponentName> component.

Remember, React components need to have an uppercase name.

Import A Github Project Into CodeSandbox

A really fancy feature that CodeSandbox offers is the ability to import a Github project. If you go to the Create Sandbox page, you’ll see some options including Import from Github. From there, paste in the URL to a public github repository and a matter of seconds your entire project will be synced into a new CodeSandbox project.

I recently did this with a create-react-app project and CodeSandbox even knew how to recognize that it was a CRA app so that it could run and display it in the web view.

Mock A Function That A Component Imports

You have a component that relies on an imported function, isAuthenticated().

// MyComponent.js
import React from 'react';
import { isAuthenticated } from './authentication';

const MyComponent = (props) => {
  if (isAuthenticated()) {
    return (<div>{/* ... */}</div>);
  } else {
    return (<div>Not authenticated</div>);

You’d like to test that component without having to manage the authentication of a user. One option is to mock out that function. This can be done with some help from jest.fn() and the mock.mockReturnValue() function.

// MyComponent.test.js
// ... various testing imports

import * as authModules from './authentication';

it('renders the component', () => {
  authModules.isAuthenticated = jest.fn().mockReturnValue(true);

  const wrapper = shallow(<MyComponent />);

By importing the same module and functions used by MyComponent, we are then able to replace them (specifically, isAuthenticated) with a mocked version of the function that returns whatever value we’d like. As MyComponent is being rendered, it will invoked our mocked version of isAuthenticated instead of the actual one.

You could test the other direction like so:

authModules.isAuthenticated = jest.fn().mockReturnValue(false);

Access The Latest Lifecycle Methods In An Old App

With the release of React 16.3 we have access to some new lifecycle methods and are in the first phase of what will eventually result in the deprecation and removal of componentWillMount, componentWillReceiveProps, and componentWillUpdate.

You may not be ready to move your project to React 16.3, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start migrating your lifecycle methods now. We’ll need a polyfill — react-lifecycles-compat.

import React from 'react';
import { pollyfill } from 'react-lifecycles-compat';

class MyComponent extends React.Component {
  static getDerivedStateFromProps(nextProps, prevState) {
    // ...

  render() { ... }

export default MyComponent;

For any of our class components for which we’d like to start using the new lifecycle methods, we just need to import the polyfill function and then transform the class component with the polyfill before exporting it.


Reach Into An Object With Nested Data With Get

Among the many lodash utilities is _.get for getting data from nested objects. You can specify where to reach into the nested data of an object using a path.

Consider the following awkwardly nested object:

const resp = {
  error: {
    errors: [
      { message: "Something went wrong" },

Here is how we might reach into this with vanilla JavaScript:


Reaching into this for the message value is tricky because as soon as the resp object contains differently nested data, an error is likely to be thrown. We can simultaneously avoid a bunch of exception handling logic and provide a default value with the _.get function:

_.get(resp, 'error.errors[0].message', 'Default error message');

If we decide to not include a default value, then undefined will be used.

Mock A Function With Return Values Using Jest

Jest provides a collection of utilities for working with mocked functions. To create a mock function, do:


// assign it to a variable
const fakeFunc = jest.fn();

// pass it as a prop
<SpecialInput handleChange={jest.fn()} />

A mocked function can then be attributed with a return value.

const fakeFunc = jest.fn();
fakeFunc(); // => "hello"

The mockReturnValue() function ensures that the value is returned whenever your function is called.

We can also limit the return value to occurring just once.

const fakeFunc = jest.fn();
fakeFunc(); // => "hello"
fakeFunc(); // => null

mockReturnValueOnce() ensures the value is returned once and all subsequent calls yield null.

Set A Window To Its Default Zoom Level In Mac OS X

Often when showing my screen to someone else or connecting to a project, I have to adjust the zoom level of my current window by hitting Cmd + a bunch of times. Once I am done I usually do some guess work to get the screen size back to what I am used to, hitting Cmd - a couple times.

There is an easier way.

Hitting Cmd 0 will return the window back to its default zoom level.

h/t Jake Worth

React StrictMode Component

Today I tried React’s new StrictMode component. Added in React 16.3, StrictMode is, according to the release notes:

[A] tool for highlighting potential problems in an application. Like Fragment, StrictMode does not render any visible UI. It activates additional checks and warnings for its descendants.

Here’s a heavy-handed way to implement it:

// index.js

    <App />

In this scenario, App and all of its children get help with:

  • Identifying components with unsafe lifecycles
  • Warning about legacy string ref API usage
  • Detecting unexpected side effects

At the time of publishing this post, this will likely mean console warnings about the use of soon-to-be-deprecated lifecycle hooks such as componentWillMount. You’ll get these errors from dependencies, too, which is why we aren’t using StrictMode until at least all our dependencies have upgraded to the latest syntax.

🆙 Update macOS from cli

Opening the App Store and navigating to the update tab and clicking and confirming the update buttons is just too many steps for me.

macOS has a cli to the software update process:

$ /usr/sbin/softwareupdate

With some fancy arguments I can update everything in one command:

$ sudo softwareupdate -ia

the -ia flag means install all the available updates.

`nil.&to_s` evaluates to false

ruby 2.3 introducted the Safe Naviation Operator &. intended to make nil checks less verbose, simulating the functionality of the Rails introduced try method.

This helps to prevent unwanted NoMethodErrors

> nil.do_something
NoMethodError (undefined method `do_something' for nil:NilClass)
> nil&.do_something

What happens when you type the & on the right side of the .?

> nil.&do_something
NameError (undefined local variable or method `do_something' for main:Object)

Normally you’d get an error, because do_something isn’t defined, but what if you are calling a method available on everything like to_s?

> nil.&to_s

This breaks expectations. This statement is equivalent to nil & to_s.

> nil & to_s

Ruby defines & as a method on nil.

> nil.method(:&)
#<Method: NilClass#&>

This method in the documentation is defined as:

And—Returns false. obj is always evaluated as it is the argument to a method call—there is no short-circuit evaluation in this case.

So with nil.&to_s you’re calling the & operator as a method and passing the result of to_s called on the main object, but it doesn’t matter because nil.& always evaluates to false.

Debug Jest Tests In create-react-app

When you put a debugger; statement in one of your Jest tests and run yarn test, the test runner will ignore the debug statement and run to completion. This is because Jest defaults to parallelizing tests which won’t mix well with manual debugging intervention.

If we want to be able to run our Jest tests through a debugger. We will need two things. First, we need a debugging environment — Chrome’s devtools will work well for this. Second, we need our tests to run in band. The react-scripts documentation recommends adding a second, debug-specific test command to your package.json:

"scripts": {
  "test:debug": "react-scripts --inspect-brk test --runInBand --env=jsdom"

You can now run yarn test:debug which will start a paused debug session. Open chrome at chrome://inspect to access and open the debugging session panel. Now, debug away.

Array concatenation with the spread operator

The spread operator in ES6 javascript is a swiss army knife of wonders. Previously in javascript if you wanted to concatenate two arrays you could use the concat method of an array.

let a = [1, 2, 3]
let b = [4, 5, 6]
a.concat(b) //concat though is not mutative, you have to assign the result
let c = a.concat(b) // we have concatenated

Whether or not Array.prototype.concat is mutative has always been something I get wrong. Some Array methods are mutative some are not! By using the spread operator, I never get this wrong (it’s not mutative).

let c = [...[1, 2, 3], ...[4, 5, 6]]
console.log(c) // [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Each line in a Dockerfile is a layer in an image

What has helped me grok docker a bit better is knowing that every line in a Dockerfile has a corresponding hash identifier after the image has been built. Here is a sample Dockerfile:

FROM alpine

RUN echo 'helloworld' > helloworld.txt

CMD ["cat", "helloworld.txt"]

I create the image with:

docker build -t helloworld .

I can now examine each layer in the Dockerfile with docker history helloworld

IMAGE               CREATED             CREATED BY                                      SIZE                COMMENT
1e5d27ca20a8        13 hours ago        /bin/sh -c #(nop)  CMD ["env"]                  0B
84f489011989        13 hours ago        /bin/sh -c echo "Hello World" > helloworld.t…   12B
3fd9065eaf02        2 months ago        /bin/sh -c #(nop)  CMD ["/bin/sh"]              0B
<missing>           2 months ago        /bin/sh -c #(nop) ADD file:093f0723fa46f6cdb…   4.15MB

Three commands and four layers. The FROM alpine command is actually 2 layers that have been squashed together. You can see the <missing> hash for the initial command because it has been squashed into 3fd9065.

The command that creates the helloworld.txt file has a size of 12 bytes because thats the size of the file that was created.

Configuring The Pager

When you run Git commands that produce a bunch of output, Git will use a pager to present the content starting at the beginning, rather than spitting it all out to the screen at once. This will almost always come in handy for commands like git-diff and git-log.

By default, Git uses less as its pager.

You can also choose to configure it to something else by updating your git config file or by running the following command:

$ git config --global core.pager 'more'

If you’d like to turn the pager off altogether, set it to a blank string.

$ git config --global core.pager ''


Async/Await UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning

When an await promise is rejected when using async/await you get an UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning.

promise13 = () => {
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => { reject(13)})

(async () => {
  let num = await promise13(); // UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning
  console.log('num', num);

There are two ways to properly handle the promise reject. The first is with a try catch block.

(async () => {
  try {
    let num = await promise13();
    console.log('num', num);
  } catch(e) {
    console.log('Error caught');

The second is by handling the error on the promise itself.

(async () => {
  let num = await promise13().catch((err) => console.log('caught it'));
  console.log('num', num);

Both ways will allow you to avoid the UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning and also properly handle your rejections. Beware the deprecation message that comes with this warning.

Unhandled promise rejections are deprecated. In the future, promise rejections that are not handled will terminate the Node.js process with a non-zero exit code.

Create an NVM Config File

NVM supports a configuration file; the most basic file would declare your Node version of choice. Assuming you’re using that Node version, here’s a foolproof method to create such a file:

$ node -v > .nvmrc

I ran this in a project I’m working on, and it exposed a syntax issue with my .nvmrc; I had initially typed 9.2 instead of v9.2.0, the syntax NVM expects. This command eliminates errors like these.

Building A React App In The Browser

There are a couple relatively new tools that give you just about everything you need to build a React app in the browser.

The first is CodeSandbox. It has a couple pre-configured environments for different technologies. The main one is React. CodeSandbox describes itself as such:

an online editor that helps you create web applications, from prototype to deployment.

The second, which just released out of beta, is Glitch which comes with projects like react-starter so that you can jump into a React project that is ready to roll. Glitch describes itself as:

the friendly community where you’ll build the app of your dreams

You can quickly build and publish React apps in either of these and share them with the world.

Test Coverage Stats With Jest

Jest is a delightful tool for JavaScript testing from Facebook. As your project evolves and you add tests (or perhaps choose to not add tests) you may wonder what kind of test coverage you have. What is the overall coverage? Which files are well covered and which are seriously lacking?

Use the --coverage flag to get this information.

$ jest --coverage

After running all of your tests a table will be output to the terminal with a list of files and their respective coverage percentages in terms of statement, branch, function, and line coverage.

File                       |  % Stmts | % Branch |  % Funcs |  % Lines |Uncovered Lines |

This can help guide you to what parts of your app may need more testing.

Test Files In create-react-app

Any .js files placed in the __tests__ directory will be treated as tests by Jest when running yarn test. If you don’t want to place all of your files in that directory and especially if you want to co-located your test files with the source files, you can name them with the .test.js or .spec.js suffixes.

Any files in your create-react-app project ending in these suffixes will be treated by Jest as test files and included in test runs.

There are more details in the docs.

xargs substitution

Output piped to xargs will be placed at the end of the command passed to xargs. This can be problematic when we want the output to go in the middle of the command.

> echo "Bravo" | xargs echo "Alpha Charlie"
Alpha Charlie Bravo

xargs has the facility for substituion however. Indicate the symbol or string you would like to replace with the -I flag.

> echo "Bravo" | xargs -I SUB echo "Alpha SUB Charlie"
Alpha Bravo Charlie

You can use the symbol or phrase twice:

> echo "Bravo" | xargs -I SUB echo "Alpha SUB Charlie, SUB"
Alpha Bravo Charlie, Bravo

If xargs is passed two lines, it will call the the command with the substitution twice.

> echo "Bravo\nDelta" | xargs -I SUB echo "Alpha SUB Charlie SUB"
Alpha Bravo Charlie Bravo
Alpha Delta Charlie Delta

Toggle Apps with Redux Stores

Another cool feature of Redux DevTools!

With this tool, we can toggle between any open browser tab with a Redux store, inside the tool:

In this GIF I’m clicking the downward arrow in the upper right. Works the same in Chrome and Firefox.

I’m unsure what problem this solves, but I think it does help promote and educate us about Redux by making other Redux-connected apps easily discoverable via DevTools.

Captured for var in closure can change

Variables can be captured into anonymous functions in go with closures, and its easy to use the variables we declare in a for loop in those anonymous functions, but that doesn’t produce the results I would expect.

var fnArray []func()

for _, chr := range []string{"a", "b", "c"} {
    fmt.Println("Hello,", chr)
    fn := func() {
      fmt.Println("Goodbye,", chr)
    fnArray = append(fnArray, fn)

for _, fn := range fnArray {

The above code outputs:


Go optimizes for loops by using the same memory space for each value that it terates over. To avoid this hard edge you can reassign that value:

capturedChr := chr

Inserted that assignment into our for loop looks like this:

var fnArray []func()

for _, chr := range []string{"a", "b", "c"} {
    capturedChr := chr
    fmt.Println("Hello,", chr)
    fn := func() {
      fmt.Println("Goodbye,", capturedChr)
    fnArray = append(fnArray, fn)

for _, fn := range fnArray {

And produces this more correct output:


Checkout the go playground here

Firing the blur event when a component unmounts

If an input is focused and a React component containing that input unmounts, then the blur event for that input will not fire. If you use the blur event to save the contents of the input then you are in trouble.

You can know what input/select on the page currently has the focus with document.activeElement. Combine that with the component lifecycle method componentWillUnmount() to fire blur for the currently focused element on unmount.

componentWillUnmount() {
  const input = document.activeElement()

The documentation for activeElement says it may return <body> or null when there is no active element, so you need to protect against that.

componentWillUnmount() {
  const input = document.activeElement()
  if (input) {

Mix xref and Elixir compiler warnings

The release of Elixir v1.3 added a mix task called xref for performing cross reference checks of your code. mix xref gives us some handy tools!

Find unreachable code:

❯ mix xref unreachable
lib/exonk8s/foo.ex:16: SomeModule.non_existant/0

Find callers of modules and functions:

❯ mix xref callers SomeModule
lib/exonk8s/foo.ex:16: SomeModule.non_existant/0

Generate a dependency graph:

> mix xref graph
├── lib/exonk8s/repo.ex
└── lib/router.ex
    └── lib/exonk8s/musician_controller.ex (compile)
        ├── lib/exonk8s/foo.ex
        ├── lib/exonk8s/musician.ex
        └── lib/exonk8s/repo.ex
...snipped for brevity

The release of Elixir v1.6 added the module attribute @deprecated to enable library authors to warn users of deprecated functions.

❯ mix xref deprecated
Compiling 2 files (.ex)
Foo Loaded
warning: ExOnK8s.Foo.lazy/0 is deprecated. You should be more eager.

lib/exonk8s/musician_controller.ex:10: ExOnK8s.Foo.lazy/0

Lastly I should note that xref deprecated and xref unreachable are included in the compiler warnings, so you you’ve likely seen these at work even if you didn’t know they were there.

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Adding Decorators (And Store) To Storybook

We’ve been using Storybook to build and refine React components.

As we blur the boundary between the tool and our application (for example, importing an application component into a Storybook component) the workflow becomes complicated by dependencies like Redux. Storybook suddenly needs to know about the store.

There are multiple ways to handle this; the first is importing store at the top of you Storybook component hierarchy, then passing it as a prop all the way to the Redux-aware component.

A second is Storybook’s addDecorator function. With it, we can wrap the added component in Provider with store, allowing connect() calls to Redux:

storiesOf(‘My Components’, module)
  .addDecorator(getStory => <Provider store={store}>{getStory()}</Provider>)
  .add(‘Redux Aware Component’, () => <ReduxAwareComponent />);

Now we have a Redux-connected component in Storybook.