antonio ufano


Building a JavaScript JWT auth system using TDD (part 1)

Published on 2018-10-01

Every time I want to learn a new programming language or framework I try do a couple of basic apps, like a to do list and then move to something I can reuse in future projects, like a user registration and authentication system. In this article I'll explain how to create an authentication system in JavaScript with an API (built with Express) that uses Json Web Tokens (JWT). In addition, I'll be following a Test Driven Develoment approach using a Mocha as a test framework and Chai as the assertion library.  ... Read more

Understanding JavaScript Promises

Published on 2018-08-07

I've spend the last weeks coding a lot in JavaScript and, although I've been using promises in my code I wasn't fully sure how they worked. I've been using functions that returned them (like axios get() and post() methods for API calls) but not implementing them myself so, I decided that the best way to understand how they work was to code a a few demos.  ... Read more

Building a Blockchain with UI in Javascript

Published on 2018-07-09

Last week I decided I wanted to build a simple application to create and display what a Blockchain is and how its blocks are all linked to one another. First I created a couple of classes in Javascript to define the Blockchain itself and each of the blocks and then, I added the methods to initialise the chain, add new blocks and validate its contents. I had to import the crypto-js package to generate the hash of each block. Once the basic functionality was done and I was able to test it in the terminal with Node, I built a basic interface using Vue.js, creating one component for each JavaScript class. To compile all components into a single .js file I used Webpack 4. You can download all the code from the following repo. Find below some more details of how I did it. ... Read more

Learn Machine Learning? with no maths background?

Published on 2018-07-05

After thinking about it for a few weeks, reading some articles and viewing a couple of videos, I decided Machine Learning was something I wanted to learn. Some people don't realise that ML is already part of most the services and apps we use everyday, from searches in Google to recommendations in Amazon or Spotify, spam filters and image recognition (in Google Photos or in autonomous cars) to mention just a few.  ... Read more

Consuming your Laravel API with JavaScript

Published on 2018-05-03

In one of my recent projects I decided I wanted to build a completely new front end, going from multiple pages to a single page application built with Vue.js. My multi pages web app was using different controllers to handle different requests for each resource and, to be honest, was a little messy (duplicated code in different controllers, very similar methods that do similar actions...). Building a SPA meant that I'd have to create an API to handle all the requests so this was a perfect opportunity to do a cleanup and organise my controllers and methods. ... Read more

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My name is Antonio, I'm from Zamora (Spain) currently living in London and working as a freelance developer.
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