I created a new website

I haven’t had a lot at jws.app since registering the domain so, I spent a bit of time over the past few weekends and finally built a website there.  The idea was that it pulls recent activity from travels.jws.app, photos.jws.app, blog.jws.app, github, and DEV and auto-updates the website based upon those feeds.  I wanted to …

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Get a user’s IP Address using just JavaScript (and an API call)

I have used IP Chicken for checking my public IP Address for pretty much 15 years (since hearing about it on TechTV).  Once upon a time, I tried writing my own alternative in ColdFusion but it is a lot of overhead for such a dumb thing.  I started wondering if I could do it with …

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Six ways to use data binding with Vue.js

This is going to be a pretty quick post.  Two weeks ago, we looked at how use watchers in Vue.js.  This week I figured that we would look at computed properties and methods. See the Pen Vue.js Computed Value vs Method vs Variable by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring) on CodePen. In the above example, we are …

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Vue.js watch properties, Google Blogger APIs, and Dynamic Backgrounds

For today’s post, I wrote a pen where the goal was to take the latest photo posted to https://photos.jws.app/ and set it as the background image. In it, I used the blogger API to get a JSON object and I parsed content for the first href. I then pushed that into a second array and used the first array item as the background, using document.body.style.backgroundImage.

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Auto-updating Background Image (using Vue.js and Axios)
by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring)
on CodePen.

I wanted to give the user the ability to change the background, so I output “thumbnails” (they are just the same images with a limited width) of all the images and added v-on:click to each one so that you can switch.  You’ll notice that when the user clicks an image, it changes the value of current Image to equal index. Vue watches the value of currentImage and changes the value of document.body.style.backgroundImage when it happens.

Vue watchers give you a lot of flexibility because you just need to change that index and vue does the rest.  There is no need to add a bunch of functions to an onclick event.

Have a comment or question?  Feel free to drop it in the comments, below.

[ Cover photo by Luke Chesser on Unsplash ]

How to deploy a Vuepress website for free, using Render

Vuepress is a really cool static site generator.  I have been using it for jws.dev for months, now. In the case of jws.dev, I am hosting it on keybase but I recently discovered Render and it is able to do some things that I can’t do as easily with keybase. Render has a free tier …

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How to get the user’s street address, using navigator.geolocation and MapQuest

Let’s say that you have a webform where you are collecting a user’s street address.  You can save the user a few minutes by defaulting the value for them.  In this example, we are using Vue.js, Axios, a MapQuest API, and navigator.geolocation to first get the latitude and longitude from the client and then send it off to MapQuest to get a physical address.

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HTML5 Geolocation (how to get a street address)
by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring)
on CodePen.

This example builds off of our earlier Axios / Vue.js 2 APIs 101 post. But you will notice that there is a methods property, now. The this.geolocation() function is then kicked off within mounted().

Have a question or comment? Drop it in the comments and I will try to help.

Axios / Vue 2 101

Axios / Vue.js 2 APIs 101

If you have a WordPress-based website like this one, you might eventually want to try to make use of its APIs.  Using Axios and Vue.js, it is pretty easy to do.  At the time of writing this, Vue.js 3 exists but I am going to use Vue.js 2 anyways.

There are two API endpoints that we care about for the purposes of this demo:  https://blog.jws.app/wp-json/ and https://blog.jws.app/wp-json/wp/v2/posts.  The first one will get us all of the basic information from the blog (such as the title and the description).  The second API endpoint will get us a listing of blog posts.

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Axios / Vue.js 2 APIs v1
by Joe Steinbring (@steinbring)
on CodePen.

There are two variables defined within data(): info and posts. Thanks to the way Vue works, you can reference {{info.home}}, {{info.name}}, and {{info.description}} before Axios has even finished getting the values from https://blog.jws.app/wp-json/.

Have a suggestion on how to better this example?  Feel free fork the pen and drop a link, below.