Beyond Ad Blocking

Ad blockers are one way to make the internet a slightly nicer place. However,  more can be done, especially when it comes to helping yourself from making bad decisions, like reading the comments. First, you need a browser extension which allows you to run your own CSS. The most popular is probably Stylish which has […]

Unix is my IDE

An integrated development environment (IDE) such as PHPStorm, Eclipse or Netbeans provides a set of tools and integrations available together to make development easier. Common features are: Text Editor Project search and replace Automatic building, testing, linting Source control integration The command-line meets all of these features. Editor First, my text editor is vim. I […]

Git Snippets

Undo If you made a commit and did not push and want to change, use reset it will unstage the commit and your repo will be at the state prior to the commit. You can use reset with a hash or ~ back from head. If you want to completely undo the previous commit, backing […]

IP Address

It is possible to represent an IPv4 address in different formats than the common x.x.x.x notation. An IPv4 address is simply a 32-bit number, or a 4-byte number with each section representing a byte. For example using my mkaz.com IP address: 45.79.78.169 Converting each part to binary: Decimal Binary Hex 45 00101101 2D 79 01001111 […]

Code Signing a Windows application

Today, we released our WordPress.com Desktop app on Windows, the app takes advantage of all the work put in creating the Calypso app which is the Javascript client code that powers WordPress.com, which is all open source. To build the desktop apps, we use Electron which bundles Javascript, Node and the Chromium browser together into […]

Testing Clients to an HTTP API in Go

An example on how to test a client which calls out to an external API, without requiring the API server to be up and running. From Testing Techniques video by Andrew Gerrand at Google I/O 2014. Go has a standard library net/http/httptest which you can use to create a test HTTP server, similar to Go’s […]

Python Argparse Cookbook

I use Python as my go to tool for command-line scripts. So I find myself often parsing command-line arguments for these script. Since I use various programming languages I don’t remember anything, so I’m constantly looking at documentation and sadly, Python docs are a bit challenging to read. So, so similar to my Python String […]

Lanyon, a markdown web server

I’ve just released a new bit of software I’ve been developing. Lanyon is a simple web server, which reads directories of markdown files and converts them to HTML and serves. An intuitive and easy way to create a website. It is open source and available on Github at github.com/mkaz/lanyon Lanyon was derived from my static […]

The Command-Line Office

Live your life on the command-line, this week we take a look at a suite of command-line office tools and utilities. Updated: This article received a little bit of extra attention and comments which brought some great suggestions and alternatives. I’ve tested a few of them out and included additions below, also check out the […]

Preventing Errors in Code

This week looking at preventing errors when coding: An ounce of prevention If you don’t read anything else, read the Joel Test to make sure your development practices follow the basics. If you can’t pass the test there’s your todo list, Joel Spolsky wrote it over a dozen years ago and still just as valid […]

Command-line Basics and Tips

A collection of tips to help you on the command-line using Linux, Mac OS X or other unixy command-line system. You might already know most but hopefully there are a few new ones or helpful tips on how to save time and use in productive ways. I’ve tried to include real and useful examples for […]

Python Data Science

My notes, resources and examples using Python, NumPy, SciPy and Matplotlib as alternatives to R and Matlab for data science and analysis. Load Data from Text File An example loading comma delimited data using Numpy: Plotting and Graphing Log Scale Labels for Titles and Axes Saving a Graph The following will create a png image […]