Building Test Fixtures to Clean up Mocha / Jasmine Tests


One of the problems with unit testing complex software is that the tests often become as complicated as the system under test. This eventually leads to bloated test code that is hard to read and maintain, and is usually littered

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Dealing with the deprecation of peerDependencies in NPM 3

The peerDependencies configuration was originally designed to address the problem of NPM packages that were ‘plugins’ for other frameworks. The original problem is discussed more in-depth here on the NPM blog. For example, the grunt-contrib-jasmine package requires that the project using

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Making a Windows shell that doesn’t suck

Over the last 20 years, I’ve had the pleasure of using Unix, Linux, DOS, Windows and OSX. One thing they all had in common was the notion of a “shell” or “command prompt”. One thing they didn’t all have in

Posted in Windows

Using Deferreds With the Cordova File API

Reading and writing to files with the Cordova File API can be difficult and messy due to heavy use of nested callback functions. We can make a convenient wrapper around this API and use jQuery deferreds to clean up our code.

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Fancy CSS Checkboxes with FontAwesome


Checkboxes. They are pretty lame looking in the world of website design. Fortunately, we can use CSS and an icon font like FontAwesome to make them look a lot nicer! The problem with checkboxes is that the browser applies its

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Disable Editing for a Kendo UI Grid Column

One of the oddities of the Kendo UI Grid is that the ability to edit a column is actually controlled by the backing DataSource’s Model, not the Grid itself. But what happens if we want to programmatically decide if a column is editable, or use the same DataSource in multiple Grids? Learn how to use a custom editor to move the control into the Grid.

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Loading Google Maps in Cordova the Right Way

There are a lot of articles out there that talk about using Google Maps in a Cordova or Telerik AppBuilder project. A surprising number of them start with: <script src=””></script&gt; You should never use that! Read more to see a better way…

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CodingWithSpike is Jeff Valore. A professional software engineer, focused on JavaScript, Web Development, C# and the Microsoft stack. Jeff is currently a Software Engineer at Virtual Hold Technologies.

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