Category Archives: Guides

Fetch As Google Error – ReactJs

Hi everyone,

I ran into the following error while using “fetch as Google” and none of my pages were being indexed correctly:

Uncaught TypeError: undefined is not a function

It took a while to find a solution but after some Googling I found that GoogleBot currently uses Chrome v41. You can download the mini installer of Chromium v41 which will run in parallel with your existing Chrome version: https://www.googleapis.com/download/storage/v1/b/chromium-browser-snapshots/o/Win%2F310958%2Fmini_installer.exe?generation=1420864313749000&alt=media

After downloading Chromium you can just debug normally via the console. In my case, Chrome v41 didn’t like the following command:

document.head.append(script);

Thanks to tomekrudzki on Reddit for the link to Chromium v41: Chrome 41 the key to successful website rendering

 

 

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.NET Core 2.1 is Returning JSON with Lowercase Properties

Hi everyone,

Just testing out .Net Core 2.1 and noticed that all of my JSON properties are being returned in lowercase despite being defined as uppercase. It turns out that this is configurable:


// Change from this
services.AddMvc();

// To this
services
        .AddMvc()
        .AddJsonOptions(options => options.SerializerSettings.ContractResolver = new DefaultContractResolver());

Check out these links for more info:
https://stackoverflow.com/a/38202543/522859
https://github.com/aspnet/Announcements/issues/194

Dynamic Robots.txt with Web Api 2

Hi everyone,

For a project I’m currently working on I needed a dynamic robots.txt. Because our test environment is public facing we want to keep it from being indexed by Google etc. It took a bit of Googling to find a solution that worked, but in the end it was actually pretty simple.

Here’s the action in one of the API Controllers:

    public class UtilitiesController : CustomBaseApiController
    {
        [Route("Robots.txt")]
        [HttpGet]
        public HttpResponseMessage GetRobotsFile()
        {
            var resp = new HttpResponseMessage(HttpStatusCode.OK);
            var stringBuilder = new StringBuilder();

            if (Helpers.IsProduction())
            {
                // Allow bots in production
                stringBuilder.AppendLine("user-agent: *");
                stringBuilder.AppendLine("disallow: ");
            }
            else
            {
                // Don't allow bots in non-production environments
                stringBuilder.AppendLine("user-agent: *");
                stringBuilder.AppendLine("disallow: *");
            }

            resp.Content = new StringContent(stringBuilder.ToString());

            return resp;
        }
    }

Also need to add the following to your web.config so that the robots.txt file can processed by the routing handler. Without this IIS will attempt to serve it as a static file and will return a 404 when it’s not found:


    
    
        
        
        
    
    

In production you’ll end up with the following:

user-agent: *
disallow:

And any other environments:

user-agent: *
disallow: *

Thanks to these answers on stackoverflow for the info:
https://stackoverflow.com/a/52270877/522859
https://stackoverflow.com/a/17037935/522859

Including an Externally Hosted Script in ReactJs

Hi everyone,

Just a quick example of how to include an externally hosted js file in a reactjs app. In index.html add your script tag as you would in a normal app:

  
    https://js.prelive.promisepay.com/PromisePay.js
  

Then in the file you plan to use the library you can add a const and reference it normally:

const promisepay = window.promisepay;

Thanks to this link for the info: https://stackoverflow.com/a/44877953/522859

Allow Number and String for PropTypes – ReactJS

Hi everyone,

A quick post on how to allow a string or number when defining PropTypes:

static propTypes = {
        numberField: PropTypes.number.isRequired,
        stringField: PropTypes.number.isRequired,
        mixedField: PropTypes.oneOfType([PropTypes.string, PropTypes.number]).isRequired
    }

Thanks to this stackoverflow post for the info: https://stackoverflow.com/a/41808543/522859

Overriding Button Styles and Hover Effects – Material UI

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post on how to override the background color and hover effects for buttons in material ui:

Define your class as follows:


const styles = theme => ({
    ...
    greenButton: {
        backgroundColor: green[500],
        color: '#FFF',
        '&:hover': {
            backgroundColor: green[400],
            color: '#FFF'
        }
    }

Then just reference it as you normally would:


const styles = theme => ({

const { classes } = this.props;


      

Avoiding Wrapper Divs in ReactJs

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post on how you can avoid wrapper divs in ReactJs. It’s particularly useful when populating tables or creating parts of a larger component. Instead of the following:

return (
  
Frogs Turtles
);

You can use fragments:

import React, { Fragment } from 'react'
...
return (
  
    Frogs
    Turtles
  
);

The fragment won’t polute the dom and mean that you don’t need to add any additional styling. Check out these links for more info:
https://reactjs.org/docs/fragments.html
https://stackoverflow.com/a/49375945/522859
https://reactjs.org/blog/2017/11/28/react-v16.2.0-fragment-support.html