Category Archives: SignalLeaf

Testing Stripe.com WebHooks With Requestb.in

SignalLeaf uses Stripe.com for billing. One of the cool things it does is provide web hooks to get events so that you can have your system do things in response to those events. Examples of events include customer creation, customer … Continue reading 

Also posted in API, Runscope, Stripe, Testing | 1 Comment

Heroku And SSL: Fixing “This site’s security certificate is not trusted!” on Android and other devices

I recently received a report of SignalLeaf being “blacklisted” by Chrome. After a bit of panic, and asking twitter to see if the site was having issues, I got confirmation that Android phones and other devices / browsers were getting … Continue reading 

Also posted in DNSimple, Heroku, SSL | 6 Comments

How I Met My Dream Job, Left It, And Why I’m Returning To Build Products And Services

Something I heard recently seems appropriate right about now: “What’s the worst time to look for a job? When you need one.”    – (one of the presenters at CodeMash, 2014) There, And Back Again In 2010, I stumbled my … Continue reading 

Also posted in Books, Consulting, E-Books, Podcast, Screencast, Telerik, WatchMeCode | 8 Comments

Stitching Together A Saas Of SaaS (And Never Owning A Single Server)

In the late 90′s and early 2000′s, I spent a lot of time working with IT / operations departments to get servers procured, setup, configured and running the web apps that I was building. This was a large part of … Continue reading 

Also posted in Analysis and Design, Business, Management, Networking, Product Reviews, Productivity, Tools and Vendors, WatchMeCode, Web | 6 Comments

Get Rid Of “locahost:#port#” With NGINX Reverse Proxies

I ran in to a situation recently where I needed to have one of my web projects running on port 80 on my Mac. Normally, when i start up this project in NodeJS, it runs on port 3000. But due … Continue reading 

Also posted in nginx, Service, Web | 5 Comments

Getting The Real Client IP Address On A Heroku Hosted NodeJS App

I was building a new report for SignalLeaf last weekend, to get the RSS Subscriber count for a given podcast. Along the way, I was doing some research in to the best way to track that information. It turned out … Continue reading 

Also posted in Heroku, Javascript, Metrics, Podcast | 3 Comments

Group By Count With MongoDB And MongooseJS

In my last post about reports, I showed a simple script that gave me a count of customers. I used a similar query in SignalLeaf to give me the count of listens / downloads for episodes, too. This gave me … Continue reading 

Also posted in Command Line, Design, Javascript, MongoDB, MongooseJS, New Category, Reporting | 3 Comments

Minimum Viable Reports: A NodeJS Script And console.log

I’ve spent around 2 months building SignalLeaf, so far. It’s all after-hours and weekends, but I got the job done … well… I got a minimum viable product done. I at least solved some pain that I had been seeing … Continue reading 

Also posted in Continuous Improvement, Javascript, Pragmatism, Productivity | 3 Comments

Getting Audio File Information With HTML’s File API And Audio Element

I’ve been cranking out features and capabilities on SignalLeaf for just over a month now, and it’s ever so close to being ready for some public beta testing. I do have one alpha tester, though. John Sonmez is slowly moving … Continue reading 

Also posted in audio, FileAPI, HTML5, Javascript, JQuery | 4 Comments

Making Heroku Run A NodeJS App From A Sub-Folder

Both SignalLeaf and a project I’m building for my day job at Kendo UI are running on NodeJS/ExpressJS servers, deployed to Heroku. I love Heroku and have been using it for a good number of years now. It makes deploying … Continue reading 

Also posted in Deployment, ExpressJS, Heroku, Javascript, JSON, KendoUI, NodeJS | 4 Comments