Zhongde Liu

This is my personal "Clipboard" of web development stuff I come across

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npm, node-gyp error and Windows

I wanted to try out the Sails framework. On installation (npm install sails) however I just got this error and the installation was unsuccessful.

npm ERR! ws@0.4.32 install: `(node-gyp rebuild 2> builderror.log) || (exit 0)`
npm ERR! spawn ENOENT

It is the same thing as in this closed issue on github. There was a reference to a buggy version of ws/socketIO. Googling some more you get a lot issues related to socketIO and Windows7 or this topic in general. For example:  https://github.com/websockets/ws/issues/240 or http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15200184/why-do-i-get-error-when-trying-to-install-socket-io-with-nmp

In fact as a windows(7) user you may stumbled upon these node-gyp error previously…. nody-gyp is used “for compiling native addon modules for Node.js”. Unfortunately the prerequisites on Windows are Python and Visual Studio!?. Including also several steps for a working setup… https://github.com/TooTallNate/node-gyp/wiki/Visual-Studio-2010-Setup.

I thought  “What the …”. I just wanted to try something out.

End of story: I used “–force” on the install command and it worked. But for how long and what actually happened or did not happen behind the installation curtain!? I hope node-gyp, or the related modules (ws) will get updates to fix these hurdles on windows machines…


Update: As of now Sails(0.11.0) and socketIO(1.3.5) are installing just fine on windows…

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Note: Whitespace raises jQuery error (Ajax, jQuery 1.9)

Just stumbled upon a bug/feature when migrating to jQuery 1.9.

So the case is: You are trying to convert following String:

"   <div>Hallo</div>"

into a jQuery object. Pay attention to the leading whitespace.

Prior to 1.9 you get what you would expect. With 1.9, you will get an error.  Reason is this core change, documented here http://jquery.com/upgrade-guide/1.9/#jquery-htmlstring-versus-jquery-selectorstring. As I’m not the only one with this issue, there are already several posts about it (the intention, the pros, contras…). This is the according thread in the jQuery tracker: http://bugs.jquery.com/ticket/13223 .

There is also mentioned to re-implement the old behavior.

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Code: load handler with cached images and IE

Just had a strange case, that the load event of an image is not fired. After a short research I found the issue…

Not working code:
$('img').attr('src', 'image.jpg').load(function() {
//Do something - but it doesn't

Working code:
$('img').load(function() {
//Do something - it does
}).attr('src', 'image.jpg');

The thing is IE (and Opera) will load the cached image directly before your event handler is attached…

It is jQuery Notation but also applies to Vanilla JS.