Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ext JS - Reading a JSON File

This post shows how you can read a JSON file in your Ext JS applications.

Let's say you have the following person.json file, which contains information about a person:

    "name" : "Joe Bloggs",
    "age"  : "15"

In order to load this file, you need to define an as shown below:

Ext.define('', {
    extend: '',
    fields: ['name', 'age'],
    autoLoad: true,
    proxy: {
        type: 'ajax',
        url: 'person.json',
        reader: 'json',
        pageParam: false,
        startParam: false,
        limitParam: false,
        noCache: false,
        listeners: {
            exception: function(proxy, response, operation) {
                // add appropriate error handling!
                console.log("Could not read file");

    // return the specified field of the person e.g. name.
    get: function(field) {
        return this.first() && this.first().get(field);

Then create the store and once it has loaded, you can access the data.

var store = Ext.create('');
store.on('load', function() {

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Speeding up Grep on Large Files

Here are a few tips to improve the performance of grep on large files:

  1. Prefix your command with LC_ALL=C, in order to use the C locale with its smaller ASCII charset, instead of UTF-8
  2. Use grep -F to search for a fixed string (if possible), rather than a regex
  3. Remove the -i option, if you don't need it
LC_ALL=C grep -F searchString largeFile

Thursday, January 01, 2015 in 2014

Happy 2015, everyone!
I'd like to wish everyone a great start to an even greater new year!

In keeping with tradition, here's one last look back at in 2014.

During 2014, I posted a measly 19 new entries on That's not a lot (I blame work and stackoverflow!) but I promise to write more this year. Thanks for reading and especially for giving feedback.

Top 5 posts of 2014:

I'm going to be writing a lot more this year, so stay tuned for more great techie tips, tricks and hacks! :)

Related posts:

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Bookmarklet to Tick All Checkboxes on a Webpage

Recently, I found myself on a website where I had to tick 100+ checkboxes and there was no "Select all" button on the page. Obviously, I couldn't do this manually, so I wrote the following bookmarklet.

javascript:(function(){for(i of document.getElementsByTagName('input')){if(i.type=='checkbox') i.checked=!i.checked;}})()

Save this as a bookmark in your browser and click on it to toggle all checkboxes on the page you are on.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Logging the Duration of Ext Ajax Requests

The following snippet shows how to log the duration of ajax requests in your Ext JS application:

Ext.Ajax.on('beforerequest', function(conn, response, options){
    console.log("Requesting:" + response.url);
Ext.Ajax.on('requestcomplete', function(conn, response, options){

Note that this code uses console.time(), which is a non-standard feature and may not work in all browsers.