Sequelize Update example

There are a couple ways to update values in the Sequelize ORM: db.Alert.update( { url: url }, { fields: [’url’], where: {id: id} } ); If you have an object, this is also supposed to work: var alert = db.Alert.find( {where: { id: id, UserId: }});   alert.update({ url: ‘’ }).then(function() {})

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Validating Application Performance in a cloud environment, using C#, Hangfire, and RethinkDB

The rise of “platform” sites (e.g. Heroku) enables developers to build and deploy web applications cheaply, without understanding operational problems. Typically these products let you purchase a combination of three things: web servers, databases, and background job execution. This typically works well, as long as you stay within their platform, and as long as their […]

Fixing the error “TypeError: ‘undefined’ is not a function (evaluating ‘globalScope[‘console’][‘log’].bind(globalScope[‘console’])’)”

Some libraries, like PDF.js, initialize their own logging function, which wraps console.log. If this runs in a context where function.bind does not exist, you’ll get the following error: TypeError: ‘undefined’ is not a function (evaluating ‘globalScope[‘console’][‘log’]. bind(globalScope[‘console’])’) Fixing this is actually quite simple- Mozilla provides a replacement function you can drop-in (not surprising, considering how […]

Javascript to remove line number, author, revision columns from Fisheye/Crucible

Fisheye puts a bunch of useful columns in code reviews, but they’re irritating if you want to copy code out, because they copy too: I’ve found it helpful to create bulk reviews to view patches, where the code is spread across many repositories (CVS + Git + many revisions + many branches, don’t ask). The […]

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Identifying important keywords using Lunr.js and the Blekko API

Lunr.js is a simple full-text engine in Javascript. Full text search ranks documents returned from a query by how closely they resemble the query, based on word frequency and grammatical considerations – frequently occurring words have minimal effect, whereas if a rare word occurs in a document several times, it boosts the ranking significantly. This […]


Data Exploration in Javascript

Google Analytics has a nice screen which shows alerts for changes that appear interesting – basically any large increase or decrease in traffic from a particular source: With appropriate API hooks, this screen could be built for any application that models data in a dimensional fashion, e.g. that uses faceted navigation (like Amazon search), or […]

Functional Programming Patterns in Four Popular Javascript Libraries

I generally find discussions of design patterns a bit dry, but in testing new Javascript libraries, I’ve stumbled across some interesting tactics. Object oriented design patterns are typical not a perfect fit to Javascript, given it’s untyped nature. The language lends itself more to powerful functional programming techniques. I find studying libraries particularly helpful, as […]

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Parsing PDFs at Scale with Node.js, PDF.js, and Lunr.js

Technologies used: Vagrant + Virtualbox, Node.js, node-static, Lunr.js, node-lazy, phantomjs Much information is trapped inside PDFs, and if you want to analyze it you’ll need a tool that extracts the text contents. If you’re processing many PDFs (XX millions), this takes time but parallelizes naturally. I’ve only seen this done on the JVM, and decided […]

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Full-Text Indexing PDFs in Javascript

I once worked for a company that sold access to legal and financial databases (as they call it, “intelligent information“). Most court records are PDFS available through PACER, a website developed specifically to distribute court records. Meaningful database products on this dataset require building a processing pipeline that can extract and index text from the […]