• Easy ReactJS config management

    For config management in ReactJS project I recommend using react-global-configuration NPM module. Three short steps for using it:


    npm install react-global-configuration --save

    Create config

    Create config.js file in any place you like. I prefer storing it in the root of a project:

    import config from 'react-global-configuration';
        someApiUrl: 'http://some-service.com/api'
    export default config;

    Use it

    Now you are ready to use the config file in any React component:

    import config from '../config';
    return fetch(`${config.get('someApiUrl')}/users/authenticate`, requestOptions)

  • Debug PHP like Pro: Intellij Idea + VirtualBox + XDebug

    VirtualBox + XDebug overview

    For a long time I used to use built-in PHP debugging function like var_dump, debug_backtrace, spl_object_hash etc. That tools are very useful but there is one tool combining all of them. I’m talking about XDebug PHP module. With XDebug you can stop code execution in any place you need and get all information about objects, variables and call stack in one window.

    breakpoint overview


  • How to obtain cheap USA IP address just for $5/month with VPS and PPTP

    Living in Russia I need USA IP address for my work. VPN provider I used to use offer USA address for $20/month, that is too much. To save my money bought a small Ubuntu VPS and installed a private VPN server. In fact, you are not limited geografically – look aroud to find VPS provider in the area you need and follow this article VPN section instructions.

    Step 1: Buy a VPS

    First of all find a cheap VPS provider (e.g. Linode, Digital Ocean, etc.). Most of them offer free trial period (usually about a week) so if you need foreign access just for once you can get it for free.


  • Configuring Grunt

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    Configuring Grunt

    Check this post to know how to install Grunt. Grunt has main script file called Gruntfile.js. It is a nodejs module – means that you are free to use all power of nodejs there.

    The module is wrapped up with this construction:

    module.exports = function(grunt) {
        some code here

    We pass grunt object inside the module for further usage.

    Let’s look closer how to use it.


  • Installing Grunt

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    Grunt is a NodeJS plugin that helps you automate many development routines. Further instruction contains Windows examples but it would work for Linux and MacOS as well. The only difference – NodeJS installation process.


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