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Backing up Sublime Text Configuration Files without Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Published: October 29, 2018

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As a developer, it’s common practice to backup your system settings to a remote git repository. Conventionally, these repositories are given the name “dotfiles”.

I’ve long had such a repository containing a ~/.zshrc file. Recently, however, I decided to backup settings for a few additional tools, including Sublime Text.

CSV Color Highlighting in Sublime Text with rainbow_csv

Published: October 23, 2018

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If you’re a developer, I’d be willing to wage a bet on the following…

At least for my self, I know these two statements are true.

Magento Gift Card Statuses

Published: October 18, 2018

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Recently, I fielded a request to generate a detailed gift card usage report.

If you navigate to Marketing > Gift Card Accounts in the admin panel of a Magento 2 site you’ll the following grid…

Screenshot of the gift card accounts grid in the Magento 2 admin panel

While this is helpful, unfortunately it was lacking some information the client desired such as the date the gift card was used.

In the process of looking at this I became interested in the “Status” column that displayed in the grid. It lists four options…

The meaning of these statuses is not exactly clear, nor is it documented anywhere, as far as I can tell. As such, I decided to do a little investigation. Here, I’ll detail my findings…

Profiling jekyll build with ruby‑prof

Published: October 8, 2018

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As this site has grown, the time it takes for the jekyll build command to complete has continued to increase.

Currently the site has 143 posts and it takes 9.7 seconds for jekyll build to complete with a warm cache on a beefy 2014 MacBook Pro (2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM).

Recently I became interested in exploring options for speeding up the build.

Googling “jekyll build profile” lead me to jekyll build’s --profile flag.

The output looks like this:

$ bundle exec jekyll build --profile

Filename                                                                          | Count |    Bytes |  Time
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------+-------+----------+------
_layouts/main.html                                                                |   176 | 4043.23K | 1.282
_posts/2013-12-02-non-sucky-youtube-embed.html                                    |     1 |   14.00K | 0.285
_layouts/blog-single.html                                                         |   145 | 1633.02K | 0.269
sitemap.xml                                                                       |     1 |   20.50K | 0.115
tags/index.html                                                                   |     1 |   74.14K | 0.073
_includes/bio.html                                                                |   146 |  134.56K | 0.071
feed.xml                                                                          |     1 |  115.65K | 0.054
...

I didn’t find this to be particularly useful, as it gave me virtually no information on what jekyll build was actually doing that was taking so long.

Here I’ll show you how to use ruby-prof to get a more useful profile of your jekyll build.

grep color Adding ANSI Escape Sequence

Published: September 19, 2018

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Today I was using some command line kung-fu to transform a CSV with thousands of URL redirects into a text file containing the same redirects in Apache mod_rewrite format.

The command looked roughly like this 1

$ cat redirects-with-store-ids.csv | grep ',17' | awk -F"," '{ print "redirect 301 /" $1 " https://www.example.com/" $2 }' > example-com-redirects.conf

After getting the command just right I opened generated the file in Sublime Text and saw some strange looking characters at the end of each line…

redirect 301 /page/beige.html https://www.example.com/page.html?color=51<0x1b><0x1b>[K
redirect 301 /page/black.html https://www.example.com/page.html?color=52<0x1b>[01;31m<0x1b>
redirect 301 /page/blue.html https://www.example.com/page.html?color=53<0x1b>[01;31m<0x1b>[K
redirect 301 /page/brown.html https://www.example.com/page.html?color=55<0x1b><0x1b>
redirect 301 /page/green.html https://www.example.com/page.html?color=57<0x1b><0x1b>

For some reason “<0x1b>[01;31m<0x1b>[K” had been appended at the end of every line.

Customer Grid Index Doesn't Update on Schedule

Published: September 17, 2018

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As a performance and scalability optimization, it is recommended to set all of Magento’s indexers to ‘Update by Schedule’ mode. This can be done at the command line as follows…

$ php bin/magento indexer:set-mode schedule
Index mode for Indexer Design Config Grid was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Customer Grid was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Category Products was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Product Categories was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Product Price was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Product EAV was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Stock was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Catalog Rule Product was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Catalog Product Rule was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Catalog Search was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Product/Target Rule was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Target Rule/Product was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'
Index mode for Indexer Sales Rule was changed from 'Update on Save' to 'Update by Schedule'

However, the customer grid indexer, it turns out, doesn’t really support update on schedule.