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Convert Amazon Links In A Hugo Site To Affiliate Links With Gulp

As you may already know, The Polyglot Developer is a statically generated website built with Hugo. That means that there are no databases involved, no server side languages, only HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

In the past I shared the automated Gulp workflow that I use when building my blog to maintain performance and a solid standing with search engine optimization (SEO).

I received a request from a subscriber recently around affiliate link generation on a Hugo website and I figured it would be an interesting topic to tackle. Typically a WordPress plugin or similar would handle the job, but since we’re working with a static website, we have to be inventive with our build scripts.

In this tutorial we’re going to see how to build a Gulp task that will replace all Amazon links with Amazon Associates links, which is another name for their affiliate program.

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Using NW.js To Convert A Website Into A Desktop Application

A while ago, I ran into a situation where I needed to make web application into a desktop application for a corporate client. The idea was to leverage as much of the existing app as possible, while still meeting the requirement of having a “desktop” application.

As a primarily Java developer, I had no idea how to do this, so I started doing research and found out that my best bet would be using JavaScript technologies.

Enter NW.js, a powerful mashup of Google Chrome and Node.js that allows you to package a web application to be run on the desktop.

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Simple Data Processing With JavaScript And The HERE API

Have you ever needed to work with comma separated value (CSV) data that wasn’t formatted in a great way or figure out complete address information based on very little provided address information? While unrelated, these two topics come up quite a bit, more frequently when I’m dealing with person information or lead data that I retrieve from conferences and other events.

The great thing is that we live in a time where plenty of development libraries and services exist to make this process of data parsing and manipulation easy to accomplish in an automated fashion.

We’re going to see how to take a CSV file representing partially complete people data and convert it to JSON. Then we’re going to fill in the gaps when it comes to the geolocation side of things, using the HERE Geocoder API.

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Protect GraphQL Properties With JWT In A Node.js Application

So you started playing around with GraphQL and Node.js. Did you happen to get up to speed with my previous tutorial titled, Getting Started with GraphQL Development Using Node.js? Regardless on how you’ve jumped into GraphQL, you’re probably at a time where you need to figure out how to protect certain queries or pieces of data from the general public through some kind of permissions or roles.

When building a RESTful API, the common approach to endpoint protection is with JSON web tokens (JWT). In fact, I even wrote a previous tutorial on the subject, but how does that have relevance to GraphQL?

We’re going to take the common JWT approach and apply it towards protecting queries as well as particular pieces of data in a GraphQL API created with Node.js.

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Getting Started With GraphQL Development Using Node.js

I’ve been playing around with GraphQL for a little over a month now, just to see if it is worth all the buzz it has been getting when it comes to modern API development. I must say that the more I use it, the more I’m coming to like it.

I recently wrote a few tutorials around getting started with GraphQL using Golang, but being the polyglot that I am, I wanted to see how difficult it would be to accomplish the same in something else, like Node.js. After having made an attempt, I found that it really isn’t any different as it is the same concept, just a different language.

We’re going to see how to get started with developing a web application with Node.js that can be queried with GraphQL rather than the traditional RESTful API endpoint approach.

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Scraping Paginated Lists With Node.js, Cheerio, Async / Await, And Recursion

In this tutorial we are going to develop a small Node.js application which will be used to scrape paginated content and export the data to a JSON file. The full source code for the tutorial can be found here.

We will be scraping a list website and saving ten lists per page from the “new lists” section and the final application can be seen below.

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A Vue.js App Using Axios With Vuex

In this tutorial we will build a simple Vue.js application which will demonstrate the power of using Vuex as a central data store, where the data will be asynchronously retrieved using Axios for the API requests.

A basic level of HTML, CSS and JavaScript will be beneficial but is not required.

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