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Adobe Digital Editions E_ADEPT_CORE_EXPIRED fixed!

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Was getting this error on Adobe Digital Editions

Error getting License. License Server Communication Problem: E_ADEPT_CORE_EXPIRED

This was the solution to the ADE problem

  • Fix the clock – it was off by 1 day. Helped customer fix their clock
  • Reboot
  • Open Adobe Digital Editions
  • De-authorize Adobe Digital Editions
    • Press ‘Command + Shift + D’.
    • Select ‘Erase Authorization’.
  • Click OK and close Adobe Digital Editions .
  • Re-open Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Authorize Adobe Digital Editions
    • Press ‘Command + Shift + U’.
    • Enter your Adobe ID and password.

Can now load books onto ADE


React inline styles – merge two style objects

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I had two style objects that I needed to merge for a component. One was the style objects that makes the component look good, the other was to set the display visible or not.

I could get around it by wrapping the component in another div that would get the display style, but here is how to minimize your divs

const style1 = {color: ‘blue’}
const style2 = {display: ‘none’} //used with state that toggles visibility

<div style={Object.assign(style2, style1)} > </div>

The reason the display style should be first is because the key pairs from the second object are copied to the first. so style2 would now be

{display: ‘none’, color: ‘blue’}


Node Error : Promise.all is not a function

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Are you getting the message?

Promise.all is not a function

At first I was thinking is my node version out of date?

But the answer is actually that your Promise.all function inst receiving an array. 



axios – on POST errors JSON response from api server not being printed

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When you POST from curl, you are getting the JSON response from the server that you setup.

On your frontend when trying to print the error to the console it’s not coming up. Instead you get the following:

xhr.js:166 POST MYURLHERE 400 (Bad Request)

Even if you print the whole error or JSON stringify the error you aren’t seeing the response


make sure you are printing 


mongoose-unique-validator not working?

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Are you using the mongoose-unique-validator package and not getting any errors when you post duplicate objects?


const personSchema = new mongoose.Schema({name:String,number: String})


You need to set a unique attribute on the key you want uniqueness with. By default mongo only adds uniqueness to the __id key

const personSchema = new mongoose.Schema({name: {type:String, unique: true}, number: String})

SyntaxError: Unexpected token c in JSON at position 1 when you POST JSON data with curl

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When trying to use curl to POST data to your api and getting an error?

The error:

SyntaxError: Unexpected token c in JSON at position 1


You need to wrap your json block in quotes

curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"content":"a"}' your_url_here

“Invalid Host Header” Errors when running your React project off your cloud ide

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This one was a pain. So your react app is hosted on localhost:3000 and your node backend is on localhost:3001. This isn’t a problem if you a developing locally. You open up your browser and everything connects perfectly. But if you are developing on a cloud ide or vps, you are probably connecting to something like

By itself, running npm start will give you your project nicely. But once you have a backend that your browser isnt accessing locally, you might get the dreaded  “Invalid Host Header”

Here is how I fixed my problem:

File: package.json  add the following:  where the value is your ide host name

"proxy": ""

.env.development.local <- thats DOT ENV DOT DEVELOPMENT DOT LOCAL , I spent a good while troubleshooting because of the missing DOT,  add the following:


The above is not recommended if you are developing locally, but its a cloud ide.


Heroku : Application error : error code=H12 desc=”Request timeout” : when using remote database

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I was working with a Node application I built, which connected to a hosted MongoDB database. Everything worked perfectly on my development machine. Once I pushed everything to heroku is where I would start getting problems.

I received this error after trying to connect to my apps webpage

Application error

An error occurred in the application and your page could not be served. If you are the application owner, check your logs for details. You can do this from the Heroku CLI with the command
heroku logs --tail

When checking the logs this error stood out

2019-08-01T18:36:14.968797+00:00 heroku[router]: at=error code=H12 desc=”Request timeout” method=GET path=”/api/notes” host=spongebobs-basin request_id=e70f60dc-321d-421c-9c24-6974ba3a79bb fwd=”″ dyno=web.1 connect=0ms service=30000ms status=503 b
ytes=0 protocol=https

So what are the important things in this line?

  • desc=”Request timeout”
  • method=GET path=”/api/notes”
  • service=30000ms
  • status=503 b

I am connecting to the correct path, using the correct method, but after 30 seconds the server is timing out , so heroku sends a 503 Service Unavailable.

This was a strange one to figure out since locally everything worked great. I changed some things around for testing and found that the application on heroku was not connecting to the remote mongoDB host. Locally it worked great. Was this a herkoku problem?


The .env file I used locally required the mongoDB URI to be in quotes. The app would not work without the quotes. But the configuration variables in heroku needed to be added without the quotes.

  • .env  ‘mongodb+srv://’
  • Config Vars  mongodb+srv://

Binary Search Tree

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Binary search tree, also known as an ordered tree, is a phrase that you will see a lot when discussing Computer Science, or looking at leetcode discussions. its a root node, whose leaves and branches on the left are lower in value than the root, and the leaves and branches on the right side are higher than the root. In simple terms, left is less than, right is greater than.

The Binary Search Tree is a data structure that is used for performing lookups. The strength of a BST (Binary search tree) is that when performing a lookup via comparisons, it allows you to drop half the values in the data structure every time you make a comparison. WHen doing this over large data sets this can potentially save a lot of time and searching. The complexity of the BST would be O(log n), where over time as the data set grows, the search timed does so miniscule. Compare this to a linear search algorithm, where we would start at the beginning of the data structure, and iterate over it until we found the value desired. As the data set grows so does the amount of time it takes to go throw that set.

If you aren’t familiar with linked lists, than you should go over that first, because a BST is like a link list on caffeine! When creating a node of a BST, generally, the node will have these properties, a value, a left pointer, and a right pointer. So instead of a next for linked lists, we can traverse the tree by going left or right. Each path that you take is a branch.

The best way to wrap your head around why the binary search tree is the classic phone book example. Let’s say you were looking for Larry King. There is a bookmark for the middle of the phone book. You open it and it has the name Might Mouse. Ok, so King must be to the left of mouse. Anything after Mouse, we can ignore. Now we estimate the middle of A-M which would be around the letter G, so we see that there is a bookmark at G, and we find Garry Golden. Hmm, King would be after Golden, so now we ignore A-G. So from G-M we go to the middle and see a bookmark at J. We turn to J and find Michael Jordan. Hmm, K comes after J so now we look between J-M, and we end up between K and L. Ok so the name we have is John Kzrinsky. Ah, ok it must be to the left. We found Larry King! And that is how a BST would operate.

Hoisting in JavaScript

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Hoisting is a term that i thrown around a lot if you are reading up on JavaScript. But what is hoisting? The verb hoist is defined as “an act of raising or lifting something”. So we must be raising something up. But What? Variables and function declarations  are what are hoisted to the top of the code. By verb definition, the variables and function declarations are what are moved to the top of scope. That is how it’s actually been explained to me in many tutorials, videos, and even in various lectures. However, this isn’t actually he case!  “The variable and function declarations are put into memory during the compile phase, but stay exactly where you typed them in your code.” [A] So the code isn’t moved, but by declarations being placed in memory, you can call those declarations in your code before they are read later. Meaning, referenced decelerations can be placed under callers in code.

If we look at the code below, we see that the function caller is accessing function toBeHoisted before it’s defined. Thanks to JavaScript’s hoisting, this is not a problem.

function caller(){
  let x = toBeHoisted();

function toBeHoisted(){
  return 5;

caller() //10

.What we have to take heed of however is that initializations are NOT hoisted, only definitions. So this is why it is said only functions are hoisted, even though technically, only declarations are hoisted, which can be variables or functions. In practice, even if the variable is initialized upon declaration, it doesn’t satisfy any callers  In the example below, if we define variable toBeHoisted , but initialize it after function caller, then we will have an error

function caller(){
  let x = toBeHoisted;

caller()  //toBeHoisted is not defined, we get NaN

var toBeHoisted = 95;


To see that hoisting does affect variables, we could initialize the variable BEFORE declaring it, and then the declaration is hoisted.

toBeHoisted = 95;

function caller(){
  let x = toBeHoisted;

caller() //100

var toBeHoisted;


As an aside, if we change from a var decleration to let decleration, that will not be hoisted and we get an error

toBeHoisted = 95;

function caller(){
  let x = toBeHoisted;

caller() //ReferenceError: toBeHoisted is not defined

let toBeHoisted;