Adding field support to MS PowerPoint

Categories: Code, Useful Code

I’ve been working on a series of videos about an unpublished app of mine called FlipStream, and I wanted to easily insert some information about the current PowerPoint presentation on the first slide. Sadly, PowerPoint doesn’t have a generic field replacement function like Word does. So, either I type some stuff and have to remember […]

Manage your hosts file from the command line.

Categories: Code, Useful Code

When you’re a full-stack developer, you often find yourself mixing and matching destination hosts on your development system. Sometimes you need to run your development codebase against a test back-end server, sometimes you need to spoof the test back-end with your local code base. All of this switching back-and-forth can be tedious, so I wrote […]

Using Unicode Property Escapes

Categories: Useful Code

So, as part of my other post about writing a banner printer I ended up going down the rabbit hole of Unicode characters and combining marks. In the process, I found this wonderful blog post by Dmitri Pavlutin that explains the ins-and-outs of dealing with “complicated” text in JavaScript very well. But unfortunately it still […]

A 42-line JSON template engine.

Categories: Useful Code

Note: this was originally published on my personal blog (smeans.com) in 2018. So, I’ve been building projects using NoSQL databases (like MongoDB and  Apache CouchDB) for several years now, and there are a lot of things I really like about them. But one need I’m always bumping up against is the ability to summarize tons of […]