Autocomplete / Typeahead

Tagged autocomplete, javascript, typeahead, bootstrap, jquery  Languages javascript, html

Javascript (jQuery):

function autocomplete(options) {
  var input = $(options.input);
  var resultsElem = $(options.results);
  var url = options.url;
  var cache = {};
  var result = null;
  var minQueryLength = options.minQueryLength;
  var debounce = null;
  var waitingFor = null; // Ajax responses might not arrive in order
  var show = function() {
    if(result == null) {
  var hide = function() {
  // Hide when clicking outside autocomplete elements
  // Stop propagation so that event does not reach the body handler 
  var renderResults = function(query, results) {
    if (query !== waitingFor) {
    if (results != undefined) {
    } else {
  var search = function() {
    var query = input.val();
    console.log("Searching for '" + query + "'")
    waitingFor = query;
    if (query in cache) {
      console.log('Using cache')
      renderResults(query, cache[query]);
    } else {
      console.log('Not using cache')
      if (query.length > minQueryLength) {
        $.ajax({url: url, data: {query: query}, type: 'GET'}).then(function(data) {
          result = data;
          cache[query] = result;
          renderResults(query, result);
      } else {
        renderResults(query, null);
  var searchWithDebounce = function(e) {
    debounce = setTimeout(search, 100);
  input.on('blur', hide);
  input.on('focus', show);
  input.on('keyup', searchWithDebounce);

  input: '#autoComplete',
  results: '#autocomplete-results',
  url: '/search',
  minQueryLength: 2

HTML (Bootstrap 4):

<form action="/search" class="form-inline ml-2 my-2 my-lg-0 ml-auto mr-auto" id="site-search" method="GET">
  <input aria-label="Search" autocomplete="off" class="autocomplete form-control mr-sm-2" id="autoComplete" name="query" placeholder="Search" tabindex="1" type="search">
  <div class="autocomplete shadow" id="autocomplete-results"></div>

SCP via an SSH jump host

Tagged jump host, rsync, scp, ssh  Languages bash

I prefer using rsync to scp when copying files via jump hosts, for example, to target-host via the intermediate host jump-host:

rsync -v -e 'ssh -A -t [email protected] ssh -A -t target-host' nasty.file :/tmp

rsync syntax is stable across versions and platforms while the syntax of SCP is different across platforms and versions.

man ssh:

     -A      Enables forwarding of the authentication agent connection.  This can also be specified on a per-host basis in a configuration

             Agent forwarding should be enabled with caution.  Users with the ability to bypass file permissions on the remote host (for the
             agent's UNIX-domain socket) can access the local agent through the forwarded connection.  An attacker cannot obtain key material
             from the agent, however they can perform operations on the keys that enable them to authenticate using the identities loaded into
             the agent.
     -t      Force pseudo-terminal allocation.  This can be used to execute arbitrary screen-based programs on a remote machine, which can be
             very useful, e.g. when implementing menu services.  Multiple -t options force tty allocation, even if ssh has no local tty.

Idempotency with Rails and Turbolinks

Tagged idempotency, turbolinks, d3.js  Languages ruby

To achieve idempotency with Rails and Turbolinks you have many options including these:

  • Option 1: Destroy DOM elements

Destroy existing elements that were created on the first page load. This works well with most libraries, including D3.js.

The is also the easiest to implement if you put everything under one root DOM element.

  • Option 2: Set a flag

Set a flag. Check if the flag is set before running the script. Note that you will have to use delegated event listeners or attach event listeners again. This is hard to do with, for example, D3.js.

document.addEventListener("turbolinks:load", function() {
  $('.linechart').each(function(_ix, el) {
    // Option 1: Destroy existing elements that were created on the first page load
    el = $(el);
    el.empty(); // empty removes all child elements. Normally this would be put in the script itself
    // Option 2: Set a flag to avoid calling the script twice 
    //if(el.attr('data-initialized') == null) {
    //  console.log("not initialized")
    //  linechart(el)
    //} else {
    //  console.log("initialized")
    // // Attach event listeners again
    // linechart.attachDelegatedEventListeners(el);
    //el.attr('data-initialized', true);


Tagged rails, webpack  Languages slim

“Pass all your pack names when using javascript_packs_with_chunks_tag helper otherwise you will get duplicated chunks on the page”

<%= stylesheet_pack_tag 'YOUR_PACK_NAME_HERE' %>

<%# DO %>
<%= javascript_packs_with_chunks_tag 'calendar', 'map' %>

<%# DON'T %>
<%= javascript_packs_with_chunks_tag 'calendar' %>
<%= javascript_packs_with_chunks_tag 'map' %>

How to convert a HTML table to CSV or JSON

Tagged csv, html, table, json  Languages ruby
require 'nokogiri'
require 'net/http'
require 'csv'
require 'json'

url = 'http://site/html.table'
uri = URI(url)
response = Net::HTTP.get(uri)

doc = Nokogiri::HTML(response)
table = doc.xpath('//table//tr').map do |row|
  row.xpath('td').map do |cell|
puts JSON.pretty_generate(table)

How to extract numbers from a string in Bash scripts

Tagged bash, extract, number, regexp, rematch  Languages bash

To extract numbers from a string in Bash scripts you can use a bash feature called REMATCH. You don’t need grep, sed, or awk.

Add this to (remember to run chmod +x

#!/usr/bin/env bash
string="COPY 23845\n3409"
if [[ $string =~ ^COPY[[:space:]]([0-9]+) ]]; then
  echo "Match: ${BASH_REMATCH[1]}"
  echo "No match"

This will print 23845, but not 3409. Note that this example uses a capture group.