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Batch Post

The Batch Post WordPress plugin gives authors the ability to generate numerous posts from a template post. Using the plugin’s custom shortcode, portions of both the title and the body of the template post can be indicated as content that should change through the generation process.

On a regular basis, Rob Schwartz needs to create a set of 10-50 posts with a little variance between each post. This is quite tedious to do manually, and that’s where the Batch Post plugin comes into play! Using Batch Post, Rob can create a template, indicate where he’d like the title and content to change, specify any meta data (categories, tags, etc.) that should be applied to the batch, and create as many posts as he needs.

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Building a Twitch.tv Chat Bot with Go – Part 2

This is a continuation from Part 1. You should probably read the previous post before reading this one. All of the disclaimers and warnings at the beginning of Part 1 apply here.

Step 1

Go ahead and jump to Step 1 via the following:

$ git reset --hard step-1

In the previous step we laid out the data types that the BasicBot struct would need to function properly. Now, we’ll lay out the behavior for the bot. To do that we’ll start by filling out the TwitchBot interface.

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Building a Twitch.tv Chat Bot with Go – Part 1

Part 2

For those that are unfamiliar, Twitch.tv is a live-streaming platform for all things creative and related to games. Not necessarily just video games. Content creators play board games, roll-play games (e.g. Dungeons & Dragons), and everything in between. On this platform, streamers are able to interact with a live chat room just for their channel (with a delay).

To facilitate the streamer and chat interaction, Twitch uses a variant of IRC, and provides documentation for their implementation on their Twitch Developers page. This allows developers to create chat bots that can moderate chat rooms, interact with chatters, and automate certain tasks for streamers. There are several well known ones, with many features, but the chat bot built in this walkthrough won’t be as complex.

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Detaching Unix Child Processes with Go

I ran into a situation with a project where I needed to build two separate programs to work together. The first being a server, and the second being an on-going client-facing process. The server is designed to kick off any number of instances of the on-going process. Before having written any code to have the server run the on-going processes as children, I had intended the child processes to be independent of the server. That is, if the server went down, the child processes would still function. They would store requests in a queue and periodically attempt to reconnect to the server. Once the connection was re-established, everything would go back to normal. It turned out that Unix processes don’t quite work like I had expected.

In reality, when a process spawns another process, it is called a “child”; the original is called the “parent”. As long as the parent process has not exited, the child will continue to run. If for some reason the parent goes down, so does the child. That is, unless the child is considered “detached”. A child process is detached when it no longer has a parent (I believe that technically, parent-less children are owned by an init process). Thus, you can have a parent process spawn a detached child and immediately exit, which will leave the child process all alone.

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Hosting WordPress over HTTPS with Docker

Just the other day, I moved my portfolio to a separate server and started serving it over HTTPS. I was super stoked when it was all done! I wanted to talk a bit about what steps I took, since I found some annoying gotchas along the way. This isn’t a step-by-step tutorial, rather I’m sharing the configurations that finally got it working for me.

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Localizing Go to JavaScript

While working a Go backend for a side-project, I implemented a custom templating system among other things. For my project, I needed to be able to pass nonce values down to my JavaScript. I realized that keeping the data in the front-end up-to-date with the backend would require a lot of leg work. In order to save time and effort, I built the localize package.

This package takes a pre-defined Go data structure and recursively translates it to JavaScript primitives. The JavaScript that is spit back out can be used in just about any fashion, but it is designed to work best with the html/template package. Since the html/template package provides support for calling functions assigned to data passed to the template.Template.Execute() function, templates can fire off the localization process themselves. Once you have a template setup to utilize the localize package, it’s a fire and forget situation. The best kind, in my opinion.

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Go formatting with rgblog

One of my projects involves a lot of console output, and to make it readable, I added some color. Cyan for important messages, red for errors, and yellow for normal (everything is fine) logs.

The short of it is: I wanted to do the same somewhere else, so I published it.

If you’re a Go developer and want some quick and easy functions to color things, check it out.

Here’s the GitHub repo if you want to see the README. Or, you can just go get github.com/foresthoffman/rgblog and use it right away.

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React Counter Customizer

Eons ago, I briefly looked into ReactJS, to see what all the hype was about. At the time, I didn’t see much value in it since it didn’t look applicable to the projects that I was working on. Recently, I decided to give it another go. I took a deeper dive this time, and tried making a React-based customizer for my radial Counter JavaScript library.

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Running WordPress PHPUnit Tests With Docker

I recently moved my web development workspace from MAMP to LAMP with Docker. The transition was difficult, due to issues with Ruby and RVM on my host machine. Now that it is working, all is well!

When I started tinkering with Docker, my goal was just to see if I could replicate my WordPress development environment. After I did that, I improved it a bit. Now, i’ve suitably compartmentalized each project. Each WordPress project has its own WordPress installation, MySQL server, error logs, plugin and theme directories.

The only thing missing was being able to run unit tests!

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