January, 2014

Filter on deep object properties in angularjs

AngularJS provides a neat way of filtering arrays in an ng-repeat tag by piping elements to a built in filter filter which will filter based on a predicate. Doing it this way you can filter items based on a function, or an expression (evaluated to a literal), or by an object.

When filtering by an object you can pass in a javascript object that represents key value items that should match whats in the backing data element. For example:

$scope.elements = [{ foo: "bar" }, { foo: "biz" }]


<div ng-repeat="foos in elements | filter: { foo: "bar" }">
  {{ foos.foo }} matches "bar"

Here I filtered all the objects whose foo property matches the value “bar”. But what if I have a non-trivial object? Something with lots of nested objects? I found that passing in the object to the filter was both unweidly, and error prone. I … Read more


A daily programmer – nuts and bolts

I’ve mentioned r/dailyprogrammer in previous posts, since I think they are fun little problems to solve when I have time on my hands. They’re also great problem sets to do when learning a new language.

This time around I decided to do an easy one with haskell.

Nuts and bolts problem description

The goal is stated as:

You have just been hired at a local home improvement store to help compute the proper costs of inventory. The current prices are out of date and wrong; you have to figure out which items need to be re-labeled with the correct price.

You will be first given a list of item-names and their current price. You will then be given another list of the same item-names but with the correct price. You must then print a list of items that have changed, and by how much.

The formal inputs and outputs:… Read more

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Getting started with haskell

I wanted to share how I’ve finally settled on my haskell development environment and how I got it set up, since the process in the end wasn’t that trivial. Hopefully anyone else starting in haskell can avoid the annoyances and pitfalls that I ran into and get up and running (and doing haskell) quickly.

Getting haskell

First, download the haskell platform from haskell.org. This is pretty easy. At this point you should have ghc (the compiler) and ghci (the interactive REPL) installed and in your path.

Aslo at this point you should have cabal installed. Cabal is haskells package manager. It’s like ruby gems, or .NET nuget, or node’s NPM (gah, so many!).

Get sublime text

As much of a visual studio fanboy that I am, I have to say that using sublimetext for haskell has turned out to be really nice. Most of the haskellers I asked on … Read more

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