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pretty-quick: A Great Code Formatting library

Posted on: July 22nd, 2022 by Olu No Comments

Hi folks,

In this post I will talk about a nice code-formatting tool for your web applciations, useful if you use JavaScript, HTML, etc. It’s called pretty-quick.

pretty-quick runs Prettier on your changed files. That is, if you use a version control system like Git and you change some files, pretty-quick will run Prettier on the changed files so that they have a nice format. Information about this library can be found here.

What excites me the most about this library is when using it as a pre-commit hook. This can be done easily using Husky. A guide for this can be found in the link above.

So, if you want nice consistent code formatting for your front-end web application source code, I recommend pretty-quick.

That’s all for now. Till next time, happy software development.

Introduction to PhantomJS

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by Olu No Comments

Hi folks,

In this post I briefly go through how to navigate pages using PhantomJS perhaps while writing automated UI tests, scraping web pages, etc. To facilitate this we will use the example code supplied by PhantomJS itself [1].


Let’s look at the first chunk of the code

"use strict";
var sys = require("system"),
    page = require("webpage").create(),
    logResources = false,
    step1url = "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOM_events",
    step2url = "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOM_events#Event_flow";

if (sys.args.length > 1 && sys.args[1] === "-v") {
    logResources = true;

In the first line we create an object of sys module which we use later on to check the number of arguments. That’s useful if your script is going to accept arguments. The important bit, though, is the page = require(“webpage”).create() line. That creates a page.


Next, to open a page, we use code like


setTimeout(function() {
    console.log("### STEP 1: Load '" + step1url + "'");
}, 0);


That is, we call open() method on the page object. Notice how we wait for 0 seconds before making this call. For subsequent calls one waits for longer periods of time.


Next, to click a line on a page, we can use code like

setTimeout(function() {
    console.log("### STEP 3: Click on page internal link (aka FRAGMENT)");
    page.evaluate(function() {
        var ev = document.createEvent("MouseEvents");
        ev.initEvent("click", true, true);
}, 10000);


Notice how we create a MouseEvents object and call initEvent method on that object, passing “click” to it. Then we dispatch the event on the selector we want to click.


Finally, in a PhantomJS script, it’s good to close out the page and exit PhantomJS. We do that using code as shown below:

setTimeout(function() {
    console.log("### STEP 5: Close page and shutdown (with a delay)");
    }, 100);
}, 20000);


To see a more full-fledged example, check out Amir Duran’s excellent example of using PhantomJS to log in to Amazon [2]. The PhantomJS website [3] also has lots of good examples demonstrating usage. That’s all for now. Happy coding.



1. Page Events example. https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ariya/phantomjs/master/examples/page_events.js.

2. How to login Amazon using PhantomJS – Working example | Code Epicenter.

3. Examples | PhantomJS. http://phantomjs.org/examples/