Beards, Bytes and Brews

bytes of thought by Daniel Tucker

How to backup a Git repository

April 4, 2020 Tools
Many of us use services such as Github, Gitlab and Bitbucket as our Git source code remotes. It has crossed my mind more than once that there could be a day when any one of those services goes down. We as individuals and companies would loose valuable code if that happened. So just like we do with other files and important assets we backup. Out of the box Git does not have an obvious backup mechanism but there is. Continue reading

Customize workspace colors in VSCode

March 31, 2020 Tools

VSCode give you a lot of flexibility to override nearly every setting they offer. This come in handing for many reasons which users are finding daily. One of those very reasons I came across today; using title bar and status bar colors to visually differentiate my open VSCode windows.

Adapting your workspace color settings

First things first you will need to learn to explore the VSCode settings. You can open the settings in a number of ways.

  • ctrl + ,
  • cmd + ,
  • File -> Preferences -> Settings

After you have opened the settings you can search for setting by typing in the search box. For this exercise type color customization and a few results are going to come back. Before you select one make sure you have selected Workspace just below the search box. By selecting Workspace you are indicating that you are only wanting to make the setting changes for the current workspace and not your entire user.

Next you will select Edit in settings.json in the result titled Workbench: Color Customizations.

Time to now add in the settings. You will likely be left with the following starting point or something similar:

    "folder": [

    "settings": {


Add your customizations to the settings section. Below is an example:

    "folder": [

    "settings": {
        "workbench.colorCustomizations": {
            "statusBar.background": "#053b00",
            "titleBar.activeBackground": "#053b00",
            "titleBar.activeForeground": "#cccccc"
        "window.titleBarStyle": "custom"

To explain, the settings we are updating above are the color of the bottom status bar background color

"statusBar.background": "#053b00",

and the window title bar background color and the text color.

"titleBar.activeBackground": "#053b00",
"titleBar.activeForeground": "#cccccc"

The last change we made was enabling the titleBar setting change which is saying we are using the "window.titleBarStyle": "custom" setting. Now this will not make the change to the title bar just yet.

For the title bar setting change to take for your current workspace you must change your user window setting to use the custom option rather than the native. To do this go back to the settings page ctrl + , or other way depending on your operation system. Then in the search type titleBarStyle and ensure you have selected User instead of Workspace. The setting change is a dropdown which should be selected native. Change it to custom and let VSCode reload.

You now have your custom setting enabled for your workspace. Congrats!

Inspiration and Credits

NestJS: VSCode debugger setup

March 24, 2020 Code
Debugging is inevitable for all developers and when you get the point that your code is not doing what you would expect VSCode is definitely built for TypeScript and thus perfect for NestJS. Get started by ensuring you have VSCode installed and open your project in VSCode. For the purpose of this article install the Nest TypeScript starter scaffolding. $ npm i -g @nestjs/cli $ nest new my-app Create a launch. Continue reading

NestJS: Getting started

March 19, 2020 Code
What is Nest? This is the next post in a series of articles as I explore NodeJS. If you need to go back one and get Node setup and running check this one out: NodeJS: Getting started. First, what is Nest? It is essentially a Node.js framework for building efficient server side applications. The really cool part about it is it uses TypeScript. Nest also incorporates elements of Object Oriented Programming, Functional Programming, and Functional Reactive Programming. Continue reading

NodeJS: Getting started

March 17, 2020 Code

Installing NodeJS

First things first; download Node. You have a few options to install and all options are outlined on Node’s download page. I would recommend the LTS version unless you feel that you need close to latest as possible. Installation is generally really easy and in most case a point and click away. You do have options for installation through package managers but keep in mind those don’t always deliver the latest and greatest.

What about running more than one NodeJS version

Multiple version of Node may be needed for different projects you are working on. This is not always the easiest to maintain until Node Version Manager (NVM) entered the market. NVM is a really cool package that allows you to manage multiple version of Node on a single machine.

You can install NVM on most developer system with exception of Windows unless you are running WSL.

Install and Using

Installation instructions are kept up-to-date on the NVM GitHub page so I strongly recommend you going to their site to get the latest installation instructions but here is an outline of the process at the time of writing this article.

Install using either cURL or Wget:

curl -o- | bash


wget -qO- | bash

You can take their word for the safety of these install scripts but I always recommend to inspect a script coming from the internet before running it locally.

The installation is pretty simple. The script clones the nvm repository to ~/.nvm, and attempts to add the source lines from the snippet below to the correct profile file (~/.bash_profile, ~/.zshrc, ~/.profile, or ~/.bashrc).

export NVM_DIR="$([ -z "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME-}" ] && printf %s "${HOME}/.nvm" || printf %s "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/nvm")" 
[ -s "$NVM_DIR/" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/" # This loads nvm

Next you will install a version of Node and use it.

To install the latest LTS run:

nvm install --lts

To install the latest Node version:

nvm install node

Next use it:

npm use --lts


npm use node

Test it out

Back to Node. You should now have Node installed and have a version set to use if you chose NVM.

To test out your installation you are going to create a file called app.js and use a code snippet from the NodeJS docs.

> app.js

const http = require('http');

const hostname = '';
const port = 3000;

const server = http.createServer((req, res) => {
    res.statusCode = 200;
    res.setHeader('Content-Type', 'text/plain');
    res.end('Hello World');

server.listen(port, hostname, () => {
    console.log(`Server running at http://${hostname}:${port}/`);

> Start the app up with node app.js:

Node app running

> The result of the app in the browser should look like:

Node app running

Inspiration and Credits

Node Getting Started

Node Version Manager

Functional Programming with JavaScript

March 10, 2020 Code
Hello! This is the first post in a series focused on NodeJS. Node is a asynchronous event-driven JavaScript runtime for building scalable network applications. Just like JavaScript, NodeJS is not actually a functional programming language but is a good place to use functional programming if you so please. So what is functional programming? Functional programming is a programming pattern. Generally it can be used in many different language but some are specifically geared toward it such as Haskell and Lisp. Continue reading

Pass extension: Safe

February 1, 2020
Pass is becoming my goto for password management. It is a very easy to use manager and has a great list of extensions as well as the ability to create your own extensions. I have found that I need to solve a very specific problem where I need a printed backup of all data that is stored in the password store. The Problem Pass is pretty cool and offers a lot of options to store passwords and more. Continue reading
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