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Including an Externally Hosted Script in ReactJs

Hi everyone,

Just a quick example of how to include an externally hosted js file in a reactjs app. In index.html add your script tag as you would in a normal app:

    <script src="https://js.prelive.promisepay.com/PromisePay.js " type="text/javascript"></script>

Then in the file you plan to use the library you can add a const and reference it normally:

const promisepay = window.promisepay;

Thanks to this link for the info: https://stackoverflow.com/a/44877953/522859

Allow Number and String for PropTypes – ReactJS

Hi everyone,

A quick post on how to allow a string or number when defining PropTypes:

static propTypes = {
        numberField: PropTypes.number.isRequired,
        stringField: PropTypes.number.isRequired,
        mixedField: PropTypes.oneOfType([PropTypes.string, PropTypes.number]).isRequired

Thanks to this stackoverflow post for the info: https://stackoverflow.com/a/41808543/522859

Overriding Button Styles and Hover Effects – Material UI

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post on how to override the background color and hover effects for buttons in material ui:

Define your class as follows:

const styles = theme => ({
    greenButton: {
        backgroundColor: green[500],
        color: '#FFF',
        '&:hover': {
            backgroundColor: green[400],
            color: '#FFF'

Then just reference it as you normally would:

const styles = theme => ({
const { classes } = this.props;
<Button size="small" className={classes.greenButton} variant="raised">
      <AddShoppingCartIcon />

Avoiding Wrapper Divs in ReactJs

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post on how you can avoid wrapper divs in ReactJs. It’s particularly useful when populating tables or creating parts of a larger component. Instead of the following:

return (

You can use fragments:

import React, { Fragment } from 'react'
return (

The fragment won’t polute the dom and mean that you don’t need to add any additional styling. Check out these links for more info:

Adding a Link to a Drawer – Material UI and ReactJS

Hi everyone,

I ran into a bit of an issue turning a menuitem into a link with Material UI and React-Router. The main problems being that underlines appeared and threw the spacing out.

To summarize, use the component attribute on the ListItem:

   <ListItem button component={Link} to="https://www.whatibroke.com">
        <ListItemText primary="WhatIBroke" />

The official docs cover it here: https://material-ui.com/api/list-item/

See the following stackoverflow post for more info: https://stackoverflow.com/a/50558139/522859

Full Page Layout Example for Material UI – ReactJS

Hi everyone,

I’ve spent the last couple of days looking into MaterialUI. It seems really good however there are very few examples of a layout wireframe. After digging through Github I came across the following CodeSandbox:

There are a number of other themes and templates available (such as the amazing Material Dashboard) but they are all very in depth and not really suitable for a quick prototype or mock.

Thanks to Luke Peavey for posting the answer on StackOverflow. It definitely deserves a lot more views: https://stackoverflow.com/a/50312721/522859

Hopefully, this will be able to save someone else a bit of time!


Pass a Component as a Child Prop and Render it – ReactJs

Hi everyone,

A quick post on how to pass a component as a prop and then render it as a child.

const ChildComponent = () => <div>Child Component</div>;
const MainComponent = (props) => <div><div>Main component. Child appears below</div>{props.content}</div>;
class App extends React.Component {
  render () {                                        
    return (
          <MainComponent content={<ChildComponent />} />          

An alternative to all of this that I wasn’t aware of is to to use “children”:

See the Pen ozqNOV by Dan Abramov (@gaearon) on CodePen.

Thanks to the following stackoverflow post for the info: https://stackoverflow.com/a/41499555/522859

Retrieving User Id in Web API 2 Controller – .NET

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post on how to retrieve the current user’s id in a Web API 2 controller:

var userId = RequestContext.Principal.Identity.GetUserId();

Note that you’ll need the following using statements:

using Microsoft.AspNet.Identity;
using System.Web.Http;

Thanks to the following stackoverflow post for the info: https://stackoverflow.com/a/21618056/522859

Git Ignore Template for .NET

Hi everyone,

A sample .gitignore file for if you’re working with .net:


Also, if you happen to have added some files you didn’t mean to:

git rm –cached file_you_dont_want.pdb
git commit -m “Remove pdb file”

Thanks to these stackoverflow posts for the info:

Import an Existing Project to BitBucket

Hi everyone,

Today I needed to import an existing project to Bitbucket. The documentation is really good, but just in case you have trouble finding it:

  1. Navigate to the root directory of your project.
  2. Run the following commands in terminal/command prompt:
    git init
    git add –all
    git commit -m “Initial Commit”
  3. Login to Bitbucket and create repository.
  4. Locate the clone URL (left menu) e.g. https://email_address.bitbucket.domain:7999/project_name/repo.git
  5. Upload your files:
    git remote add origin https://email_address.bitbucket.domain:7999/project_name/repo.git
    git push -u origin master

    Check out the following link for more info: https://confluence.atlassian.com/bitbucketserver/importing-code-from-an-existing-project-776640909.html