ECMAScript 2017 padEnd() and padStart()

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Two new methods implemented in the 2017 version of Javascript are padEnd and padStart. Both methods pad a string with second string, until the result is of the desired indicated length. Given that the return value of padEnd and padStart are new Strings, and the original strings are unmodified, the methods a “pure”, as they do not cause side-effects.  As you can see from the examples below, this is true as str1 in the example is unmodified.

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Now the length of our example string, str1 is 17.  If the target length is less than the size of the primary string, the primary string will be returned. If the target length is less than the size of the primary string and the added string, the added string will be truncated to fit the target length. Example below:

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If your browser doesn’t have these methods because it doesn’t support ECMAScript 2017 you can actually write your own methods and add them to the String prototype, extending it. I changed the styling such that it can fit in a smaller picture, so heres an example of padEnd() implemented by me: below. See also the repl link if you would like to play with it

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React – onClick captures children as target rather than parent

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I placed  some data in the parent div that I wanted to use when the div was clicked.

Using was not working because I was getting the children elements as the target and not the parent div as I wanted.

div  onClick={this.handleClick} name={}  //want this as event target h2 
Welcome h2
h3 {} h3
h4 Item found in: {Item.location} h4


The fix was below:

handleClick = (event)=>{
const target =


Heroku: No default language could be detected for this app.

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I was uploading a vanilla JavaScript application to heroku.

Looks like I will need a buildpack for it to deploy. This is so Heroku can understand what type of app it has.

Solution1: Just deploy it as a github page. 

Since its a static site, there is nothing “serving” index.html, and heroku is a cloud platform, hosting apps, not a “webhost” in the web 2.0 sense.

Since I want to keep everything on heroku for now, lets see what else we can do.

Attempted Solution: rename index.html to index.php

The least effort solution is to rename your default file to index.php and redeploy. Heroku will detect it as a PHP site and use that buildpack. – John Beynon

Very curious! Would this work? Why not try it out.

hmm appears to work! I was going to deploy a sinatra app or ry the heroku static bundle and I will probably do that anyway but this quick solution can be a real timesaver!

Fix to : Links must not point to “#”. Use a more descriptive href or use a button instead jsx-a11y/href-no-hash

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Getting warning:

Links must not point to “#”. Use a more descriptive href or use a button instead jsx-a11y/href-no-hash

While its only a warning in the browser window, I still wanted to see if there was a way to fix it.


<a href=”#” onClick={this.handleClick} >Link to something</a>


<a tabIndex=”0″onClick={this.handleClick}>Link to something</a>

Using # , while a HTML staple, is considered broken in React.

Found thanks to afercia at this comment vs event.currentTarget

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 A good explanation of target vs currentTarget

  • target is whatever you actually clicked on. It can vary, as this can be within an element that the event was bound to.
  • currentTarget is the element you actually bound the event to. This will never change.

If you are clicking a component and the onClick is on the parent but are getting back the child,  try currentTarget

explanation from here

TypeError: Cannot read property ‘search’ of undefined

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In a react componenet, I was having a problem calling a function from another function. I kept getting the error

TypeError: Cannot read property 'search' of undefined

by binding “this” to the first function, it was then able to call the second function.

This example by Rafi Ud Daula Refat on Stackoverflow helped me figure this out.

Here is a little example using some code I made for my project

import React, { Component } from 'react';
class Header extends Component {
search() {
console.log("Enter Button Pressed");
handleKeyPress(target) {
 input  onKeyPress={this.handleKeyPress.bind(this)} placeholder="Enter search term" 

*note input not in <> because wordpress doesnt render it correct, keeps making actual inputs or removes the text

Print something x number of times in JSX / ReactJS

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If you are using ReactJS you might be asking how to print something x number of times.

plain characters there are many ways to do this such as

let stars = "*".repeat( //where rating is 5

this doesn’t work in when you start using elements as the subject of repetition

for the code:

let newstars = .repeat(

this is the error

TypeError: __WEBPACK_IMPORTED_MODULE_0_react___default.a.createElement(…).repeat is not a function

The fix is to add items the following way:

let newstars = []
for(let i=0;i<;i++){

//now display the JSX as such in your return