How do I update each dependency in package.json to the latest version?

Recently I wanted to update each dependency in package.json to the latest version. I didn’t want to do that manually. After some research I found that npm package npm-check-updates (Find newer versions of dependencies than what your package.json or bower.json allows) comes in handy.

Here are the steps which I did:

$ npm install -g npm-check-updates
$ npm-check-updates -u
$ npm install

-u option means upgrade your package.json automatically. Here is the result of running npm-check-updates:

npm check update result


Thanks to Eric Elliot tweet[……]

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Set windows environment variables with in batch script

There could be a situation where we want to add new path to the Path environment variable using batch script. Let’s say you have a directory build/commands and you want to add this path to the Windows Path environment variable.

windows environment path

Let’s then create small batch script setpath.bat which will do few things:

  • be able to execute with UAC privilege elevation
  • read the current directory path so that you don’t have to worry about specifying full path
  • add specified path to the end of PATH configuration
  • check, if at the end of PATH configur[……]

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Most common mistake software developers make

Eric Elliot sent a tweet with a question: What do you think is the biggest / most common mistake software developers make?. I think it’s worth it to collect them here into one list.

  • technology is not politically neutral
  • underestimating the time something will take
  • deferring technical debt
  • “copy & paste”
  • coming up with patterns, just for the sake of patterns; solving real life problems is what they should do
  • chronically adopting new tools and frameworks, and leaving no time to learn or embrace the fundamentals
  • not testing
  • dev[……]

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setup-defender.ps1 is not digitally signed while using ember-cli-windows-addon

So, I started playing with EmberJS framework. However, build times on Windows are longer than on Linux or Mac OS X. Much of that penalty is not because of node or ember-cli, but because of Windows services monitoring filesystem. So, I have installed npm package npm install --save-dev ember-cli-windows-addon in order to configure Windows to work effectively with Ember build. Then, to start the automatic configuration, I run ember windows and got error message:

Configuration Error: File C:\Sources\ember\node_modules\ember-cli-windows-addon\no[……]

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Sass and import directives may not be used within control directives or mixins

Currently I am using both Grunt tasks grunt-sass and grunt-contrib-sass to compile sass (strictly scss). The first one is faster than second one, but second one generating source maps that just works. Unfortunately grunt-sass source maps somehow doesn’t work properly and browsers can’t use them.

I got an error message today and I’d like to share simple solution to that. The scss code more or less looks like:

@include example() {
@import 'part1';
@import 'part2';

Above code is compiled fine using grunt-sass, but grunt[......]

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Remove CSS outlines, but keep it for keyboard navigation

I often see outline: 0; or outline: none; in CSS just because we don’t like the ring around actionable elements. Because it’s ugly sometimes and we don’t want to have it in our application / web site. I think this is mostly misunderstanding the mission of that ring. By removing this ring we solving one problem, but in the same time we creating another. I think the trade-off would be removing focus ring for the mouse users only, but not for keyboard navigation.

Let me provide here important cite from W3C about focus ring: Do not use any other[……]

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Using Fiddler to force a web service to support CORS for debugging

There is already nice article about Using Fiddler to force a web service to support CORS for debugging. However, it was written in 2013 and I am going here to little bit update the code for Fiddler v4.5.1.0.

So, you need to add:

public static RulesOption("Force CORS")
var m_ForceCORS: boolean = false;

just at the beginning of class Handlers.

In function static function OnBeforeResponse(oSession: Session) { add:

if (m_ForceCORS && (oSession.oRequest.headers.HTTPMethod == "OPTIONS" || o[......]

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How do I change default editor for git to Notepad++?

At some point I wanted to change default core git editor from Vim to Notepad++. There are couple of solutions how to do that. However, this:

git config --global core.editor "'C:/Program Files (x86)/Notepad++/notepad++.exe' -multiInst -notabbar -nosession -noPlugin"

works for me on Windows 8.1. By writing this short post here I may save your time in researching.[……]

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