Postman – Using Environments and Tokens

Rick Herrmann

Postman is an incredibly  useful tool for testing API’s.  I’ve been using it for a few years now and have found some features that make it a breeze to work with when it comes to secured API’s. It’s good for handling different environments as well.

Login and Tokens

A common pattern we use with our API’s is to use Javascript Web Tokens(JWT’s) for authentication. To work with this in Postman, I typically have a /login post call which returns a token. Then for any other calls to that API, I manually copy the returned token, and set the Authorization header to “Bearer <token>”. Although this works, it’s a pain when the login token expires and I have to copy a new token to the Authorization header for every saved API call.  For an API where you have a lot of endpoints saved, updating all the Authorization headers can become tedious. Continue reading “Postman – Using Environments and Tokens”

HTTPClient

Rick HerrmannIn the 4.3 release of Angular, there was a new HttpClient API introduced.  HttpClient is an alternative to the existing Http module and exists in its own package (@angular/common/http).  For any projects that are using Angular 4.x, both Http and HttpClient are supported so you don’t have to migrate to the HttpClient all at once.  However, in Angular 5x, the original HttpModule is deprecated so only HttpClient is supported.  Hopefully with this overview you will see that HttpClient is actually easier to use and switching from Http will simplify your http service calls. Continue reading “HTTPClient”

Codemash 2018 – Chrome Dev Tools

Rick Herrmann
I had the good fortune to be able to attend the Codemash Conference again this year. Since the conference started more than 10 years ago, I have only missed it twice. As in past years, there were a number of good sessions over the four days of the conference. Over the next few weeks I will be blogging about a few of them. To start with, I want to talk about the session I attended on Chrome Dev Tools by Greg Malcolm (@gregmalcolm).

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Choosing the Right Front End Tools

Rick HerrmannRecently, I had the opportunity to meet with a client that was in the process of deciding on a front-end technology for their dev team to use.  They already did quite a bit of research and formed some opinions about different technologies, and wanted to get our opinion about the way they evaluated their options. One point I made early on in our discussion was that there is no one “right” answer to the question of “which tool(s) should we use?”.   Continue reading “Choosing the Right Front End Tools”

Custom Validators for Angular 4

Rick HerrmannOn a recent Angular 4 project I had the need to use some custom form validations.  Out of the box, Angular 4 contains validators for required, email, pattern, and min/max length, and it is possible to write your own validators as well.  In particular, the custom validation I needed to do was verify that two fields were equal.  For example, a form where the user enters a phone number, and then confirms the phone number in a second form field.  The custom validation would verify that the two text inputs had the same value.

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Angular Form Errors – A Declarative Solution

Rick HerrmannMost of Angular is different than Angular 1.x, but one of the idioms that stayed the same was the use of class names to identify form fields that had validation errors (e.g. ng-invalid, ng-dirty, ng-touched etc).  By checking for different combinations of these classes, you can tell which fields are invalid, have been modified (“ng-dirty”), and had focus at some point (“ng-touched”).  However, this had a tendency to lead to some rather verbose and messy view code just to show/hide a validation message:

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Angular 4 Released

Rick HerrmannLast week, Google released the newest version of their Angular framework, Angular 4.0. The biggest changes seem to be around creating smaller builds and faster code. Our Solutions Group has several Angular 2 applications in production that we have already upgraded to Angular 4, and I am happy to report that the upgrade was smooth in each case.

If you are wondering if upgrading to Angular 4 is a good idea, I have put together a list of potential questions to help you decide.

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