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Neo4j Spatial Queries and Cypher

Introduction Neo4j is a really cool, really rad graph database that has the clubs pumpin’. Okay, yes, computers has a different definition of “cool” and “rad” (especially RAD), but Neo4j is quite funky nonetheless. Building on Neo4j’s aforementioned funkiness is

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Exporting Cypher queries from the Neo4j browser

Introduction Executive summary: need to export your Neo4j favourites to co-workers, friends and family? This article provides a JavaScript solution, as well as a Chrome extension, to do so. Neo4j is a really cool, fast and powerful graph database. It

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Posted in Javascript, Technology

NPM in a corporate world

Spoilers: this article makes an incredibly basic clone of an NPM repo, with just the dependencies required for the job required of NPM, then makes it available for developers to run an npm install  on. The Problem It seems like every

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Posted in Front-end, Javascript, Technology

SMS – the Pot of Gold over the Rainbow Nation

Introduction R15 000 a song. How’s that sound? It’s not some new RIAA settlement. It’s something far closer to home. The SMS, or Short Message Service, has been wildly successful over its history. Initially conceived of as a way for

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“Don’t look, just fly.”

So I’ve recently had a need to have a look at this Angular 2 business (in plain JavaScript, the tutorial has not been fun translating TypeScript to JavaScript as I went). (Okay, it’s been a bit of fun) The days

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IntelliJ says Maven’s M2_HOME system property is not set

And it’s right! To be fair, IntelliJ should really set this kind of thing up for us (given that it’s really not that hard), but I guess we should allow it a quirk every so often. I’ve found I run

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Quacking up – time with the QuackBox

VR Google Cardboard appeared on the scene quite a while ago. Ages actually. But actually doing things like sourcing lenses is a whole lot of work, so something I was naturally disinclined to do. Naturally, I forgot all about it

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Chrome extensions for Serious Business

Introduction There are Chrome extensions for play (like, say, Rather), and then there are other extensions. Serious extensions. Extensions for Serious Business. I quite like my extensions for Serious Business times. I think you might too — it’s a fairly

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Posted in Javascript, Technology

Finding the getters slowing my JSF page

Introduction Ever find that some of your JSF pages have suddenly slowed down? Like browsing through sludge? A getter that’s doing somewhat more than it should be is a fairly likely cause, especially given JSF’s tendency to call getters more

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The Demise of Flash

Introduction Abobe’s Flash has been the dominate force for dynamic graphics, sounds and interactivity on the web for a very long time. The end of its reign, and the dawning of the HTML5 age, would appear to be nigh however

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