Happy New Year!

A new year has started it's time to start over with NuxtJS. It is very simple in the current state but I'll try to add more content.

Wisecards Android App

Last year in 2021 I re-continued to learn Chinese. I still use my Android Flashcard App, which is about 14 years in development now. While using it, the urge for some improvement. Much time is spent keeping up-to-date with changes in Android Development when coming back to a pet-project. The latest update was in 2018 and a year later I 'finished' migrating the code from Java to Kotlin and changed all database code from directly using Cursor to Room. The migration went well but using Room for all database access was not a great idea because some parts of the App become too slow for my taste. Some Room usage had to be rolled back, that was the time when I made a break. It still had no new feature, nothing to publish.

Now it's in a state where I can add new experimental features:

Wisecards Android App - Daily usage
Daily usage stats.
Wisecards Android App - Review Reminder
Review reminder.

CURL for Windows

Sometimes you are stuck on a Windows Server and want to execute a curl command to call a REST endpoint. There is an alternative for PowerShell Invoke-WebRequest or Invoke-RestMethod.

POST with Body:

Invoke-WebRequest -Headers @{"Authorization" = "Bearer F8977DS12FPQQMJD"} `
                  -ContentType "application/json" `
                  -Method POST `
                  -Body "module=trades" `
                  -Uri https://api.tea.ch/assets

GET

Invoke-WebRequest -Headers @{"Authorization" = "Bearer F8977DS12FPQQMJD"} `
                  -ContentType "application/json" `
                  -Method GET `
                  -Uri https://api.tea.ch/assets

In a single line:

Invoke-RestMethod -Method GET -Header @{"Authorization" = "Bearer F8977DS12FPQQMJD"} -ContentType "application/json" -uri "https://api.tea.ch/assets"

Hide a mat-tab in Angular

In Angular, hiding a mat-tab in a mat-tab-group is not straitforward. You cannot use [hidden]=isTabHidden or any other directive to remove the tab.

There is a workaround listed in the GitHub feature request 14227.

Here is the workaround that worked for me:

<mat-tab-group
  (selectedTabChange)="selectTab($event)"
  [selectedIndex]="activeTab"
  [ngClass]="{'hide-tab1': hideTab1Flag}">
  <mat-tab label="Tab0"></mat-tab>
  <mat-tab label="Tab1"></mat-tab>
  <mat-tab label="Tab2"></mat-tab>
</mat-tab-group>

The in the css file:

.hide-tab1 div.mat-tab-label:nth-child(2) {
  display: none;
}

Start a NuxtJS Project

I started rebuilding this website in January 2021 with NuxtJS. So far it the most pleasant to work with. It is a framework based on Vue.js allowing to use it with SSR (Server Side Rendering), go to the official documentation of NuxtJS at https://nuxtjs.org/

npm init nuxt-app teach

Here are my choices for the project:

  • JavaScript
  • No CSS framework
  • Axios and Content NuxtJS modules because I intent to use them in the project.
  • ESLint for some help checking my code.
  • I know Jest and use it as testing framework.
  • Universal SSR
  • Server (Node.js hosting)
  • jsconfig.json as it is recommended for VS Code
  • No CI as this is a personal project
  • Use git with repository on local network or usb-stick
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Change Prism Theme

NuxtJS Content module uses Prism for syntax highlighting. The themes are located in node_modules/prismjs/themes.

I copy the prism-tomorrow.css to the assets folder. The change must be configured in nuxt.config.js:

export default {
  content: {
    markdown: {
      prism: {
        theme: 'assets/prism-tomorrow.css'
      }
    }
  }
}

.NET 5 Notes

With .NET 5 comes new C# 9.0 language features. To try it out I use the following dotnet commands:

dotnet new console -o Test1
cd Test1
dotnet build
dotnet run

C# 9.0

  • No need for a Main() in Program.cs
  • Properties with setter only, using keyword init
  • Use new expression without class name.
  • Check for not null with is not null
using System;

var p1 = new Program("Hello World!");
Console.WriteLine(p1.Message);

Program p2 = new("new expression without class-name!");
if (p2 is not null)
{
  Console.WriteLine(p2.Message);
}

class Program
{
  public string Message { get; init; } 

  public Program(string message)
  {
    this.Message = message;
  }
}

Add a Build Date

For some content that are only known at build time like the build-date. You can use the env property. In nuxt.config.js add:

const months = ['January', 'February', 'March', 'April', 'Mai', 'June',
  'July', 'August', 'September', 'October', 'November', 'December']
const now = new Date()
const today = `${now.getDate()} ${months[now.getMonth()]}, ${now.getFullYear()}`

export default {
  env: {
    buildDate: today
  }
}

In the page or component script:

  data() {
    return {
      buildDate: process.env.buildDate
    }
  }

And reference it in template:

<div>{{ buildDate }}</div>

Macbook Pro Retina late2012 with GTX 1080 eGPU Upgrade

I upgraded my 6 year old Macbook Pro 13" from 3DMark 11 gaming performance P721 to P9412 and play recent games with highest settings.

I recently was looking for a new notebook with Thunderbolt 3 to replace my late 2012 Macbook Pro 13 inch. I wanted to play some games but didn't want to buy a desktop PC. So it has to be a notebook with Thunderbolt 3 so I could attach an eGPU to the USB-C port.

During my research I found egpu.io where I could read about external GPUs that are available on the market. I also learned about Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2/1 adapter. There were other Macbook Pro owners who succeeded to get eGPU to run with an adapter.

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Chinese Steamed Eggs Recipe

One of my favorite dish that I can cook myself is Chinese Steamed Eggs its really easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 250ml Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Spring onion
  • 1/2 Teaspoon light soy sauce
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