Yesterday I was working on a project that requires heavy HTML pages content scraping.
What I wrote were several PowerShell files which were scraping the content using Invoke-WebRequest and Invoke-RestMethod. And everything was great and smooth… until I got to an HTML page with some Greek letters inside. To my surprise both PowerShell built in functions failed miserably when I tried to retrieve those UTF8 encoded pages. In short, I was bombarded with â and ¢ here and there.
So, after I lost several hours trying to figure out what’s going on and experimenting with all kinds of options it turned out It’s impossible to read properly a UTF8 encoded page without BOM with Invoke-WebRequest.
Here is a simple function I wrote which uses .NET classes to tackle the problem.
Note that this is just a simple example and it lacks the extensible functionality you get with Invoke-WebRequest.
Many times I’ve used a RIA or a website and wanted it to behave differently or have an additional functionality that I need. Thanks to Greasemonkey this is possible.
We live in a jQueritifed world where most of the web pages use jQuery.
That’s why on of the things that I need to do most of the time when I write a userscript is to reuse the jQuery from the webpage without loading a new jQuery instance from the web. This will make my script much more responsive and who needs to load something that is already there.
Save your time by not reinventing the wheel and just use the boilerplate code I’m using for my Greasemonkey scripts.
Ever wanted to use your Eclipse keybindings/shortcuts in Sublime Text 2? Are you too lazy to learn new shortcuts? (asI am)
If the answer is yes then the following JSON is just for you:
Open Sublime Text, goto Preferences -> Key Bindings-User and paste the JSON there.
Enjoy the good old Eclipse shortcuts.
The GIST with the shortcuts is what I need and use. It might not be full or contain all the features you need. If you need more or other shortcuts visit the Sublime Forum or see one of the following links.
In a world full of fancy shining jQuery plugins one can’t simply print.
eRepublik Economy Helper is an addon script I’ve created for the browser game eRepublik. It’s purpose is to simplify the game economy and identify scammers on the black market. You can install the script from its UserScripts page –INSTALL
Shows available products in your inventory on market page. Never again buy more resources than you need.
Sets market and exchange market offers initial quantity from 1 (0) to max.
Shows total value in CC for each offer inside the market.
Show scammers warning on both – profile page and private messages page.
Most of you, who’ve used Adobe Flex related products have probably used Flash Catalyst and the FXG format.
You can open your old FXG files with Adobe Illustrator CS 6 or Flash Catalyst CS 5.5. Unfortunately (as it happens to all Fllex related technologies these days) the new version of Illustrator (Illustrator CC) can’t open the FXG files anymore and Catalyst is discontinued since 2012. So, what happens if we’ve upgraded to Adobe CC products. How do you open FXG files from your older projects?
Today I stumbled on a problem with Flex Spark Scroller and List components while developing an AIR mobile application.
Scrollercomponent has a nice bounce effect when you pull it and it works the same way as you’ll expect the scrolling to work on iPhone (read here).
You don’t always need this behavior, and for some reason you can’t disable this effect. Another problem is that all the possible properties and methods on the Scroller class, which might allow you to change this functionality are eighter private or protected.
The only possible way to go is extending the Scroller class and disabling this effect manually in your class.