Cordova and VSCode

Combining these takes a bit of tweaking.
CTRL-` starts the command line in a nice window, but I would like to use a different startup-folder.

How to change the default terminal directory in vscode?
Read from this link:
Navigate to File -> Preferences -> Settings.
Type cwd in search.
Choose Terminal > Integrated: Cwd settings.
Type the default path you want to set in the text block below (simply, no need for double hashes to escape)
No need for saving, It’s automatic.
Restart VS Code.

Next issue is trying to start cordova. It gives an error which can also be solved by setting the correct permissions for the Powershell. Read this link:
Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser

Have a nice day!

Converting Phonegap Build to Cordova CLI

While the previous article focussed on installing Cordova, this one has some usefull tip and tricks. A lot of possible issues and solutions to keep in mind while trying to get your app functional again.

Read it on stackoverflow here.

I have several apps that currently rely on PhoneGap Build to create native apps for Andriod and iOS. It seems that Adobe is about to abandon iOS compatibility by failing to upgrade to the latest Cordova iOS version to meet Apple’s requirements. It’s time to move to CLI. I’m hoping that someone who’d done this before can provide some tips on how they did this. In particular, changes to workflow, handling keys and config.xml, etc.

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Phonegap Build died! Moving on to Cordova CLI…

Read the full article here.

And don’t forget to read the official documentation as well.

MIGRATING TO THE CORDOVA CLI

With PhoneGap Build shutting down, many developers are now left trying to find options to continue building their Cordova-based applications. While several new services like Ionic’s Appflow and Monaca Cloud have entered the market as replacements. Their cost might be too much for the independent developer. One of the things that attracted many to use PhoneGap Build was it was included as part of your Creative Cloud subscription. There was even a free version for open-source projects. For those developers who are either resource constrained or want complete control over their build system, they should migrate to using the Cordova CLI and building locally.

There are four general steps we need to take to accomplish this:

  1. Install the Cordova CLI
  2. Install the native build environments
  3. Migrate our existing PhoneGap Build App to use Cordova
  4. Build and Test!
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Convert between Local Time and UTC or Zulu time

Here is some visual basic code for you!
You receive a ZULU time and want to store it in your local time?

Dim MyZulu As New Date(year,month,day,hr,min,sec,DateTimeKind.Utc)
Dim MyLocal As DateTime = MyZulu.ToLocalTime()

Or is someone or some API asking you for the next format in return, and all you have is a DateTime with your local time in it?

*UTC + offset as (YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss+hh:mm)
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System.NullReferenceException: ‘Object reference not set to an instance of an object.’

A happy error while coding in visual basic, vb.net
It is not the line where you get this error, but something that happened before, that made one of your variables invalid and unusable.

Read this. (@ NullReference Exception — Visual Basic)

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WordPress 404 errors

How To Fix Broken Permalinks In WordPress.
WordPress is a powerful CMS. Sometimes a slight tweak can make your website inaccessible. Another common problem that most WordPress users face at some point is WordPress posts returning a 404 Error. In this article we will show you how to fix WordPress posts returning 404 error.

Usually in this scenario a user can access their WordPress admin area, their blog’s main page, but when accessing a single posts they get a 404 Not found error. First of all, don’t panic most of the time your posts are still there and completely safe. This usually happens if your .htaccess file got deleted or something went wrong with the rewrite rules. What you need to do is fix your permalinks settings. There are several sites describing this, below is the summary of what you actually need to do.

UPDATE JULY 2021: “Still haven’t found what I’m looking for”… so I wrote my own htaccess_keeper plugin. It runs on the normal homepage of the website to save the htaccess to a backup file (when changed), and restores it when a zero bytes file has been detected. It also shoots of an e-mail to the admin that it had to jump to the rescue again!
Interested in this plugin? It is for sale, just contact My Brain.

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