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Joomla : delete tables from your database according to a certain prefix

A recent post on the Joomla French forum was asking for being able to delete tables present in the Joomla database; the ones using a given prefix like old_ or something like that.

Indeed, from time to time, it can be useful to take a look on the list of tables in your database and perhaps, you'll find tables prefixed with f.i. old_ or an old tool you've used years ago (using the correct prefix but with a component you've removed since like joomla_oldcomp).

Years ago, I've written such PHP utility, let's see how to use it.

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Using Docker network and the extra_hosts property

When you're running a Docker container on a different network than the standard one (called bridge) and you wish to run a second container that needs to access the first container, you need to run the second container on the same network.

Let's say, you're running a MySQL database on a network called my_network and you wish to be able start a second container like phpMyAdmin and get access to the database, then you need to use the --network CLI option when running the second container using docker run.

Now, imagine the first container is a web application and the second container should be able to access his web page and, too, reusing the same alias?

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Github - How to find email addresses for most users

You'd like to get in touch with a GitHub user but, e.g., you don't want to post your question as an issue because, e.g., it's not about a specific repository but more generic.

As a result, the problem can be translated in How to find the email address linked to a GitHub account.

Recently, I had this need in order to contact someone with a Docusaurus blog offering a feature that I couldn't find documented on the web. His blog was not on GitHub but other repos well.

It isn't always possible to retrieve the associated email.

Indeed, GitHub provides a.o.t. an option to make the email private in his user settings page.

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Running your own blog with Docusaurus and Docker

This is the second part of the Running Docusaurus with Docker

This article continues where Running Docusaurus with Docker left off. Make sure to read it first and to create required files first.

So you've created your own blog using Docker and Docusaurus. By following steps explained in the Running Docusaurus with Docker article, now, you've a blog with the list of articles stored on your machine; in a blog folder.

Let's go further.

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Running Docusaurus with Docker

As you know, this blog is powered by Docusaurus.

I'm writing blog posts in Markdown files (one post = one .md file) and Docusaurus will convert them into HTML pages.

In this first article, we're going to learn how to install Docusaurus... ouch, sorry, not install Docusaurus as we're going to use Docker to simplify our lives.

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Markdown linter - solve formatting issue in md files

You are writing Markdown .md files (and you're so right) and you just wish to check (and autofix) some issues like having multiple blank lines, mixing bullet types (- and * in the same document), using a # title followed by ### (i.e. you forget the level ##) and many more.

There is a tool for this: Markdown lint and, a Docker image peterdavehello/markdownlint.

Let's learn how to use it.

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Compare environment files in the Linux console

This is a very common source of problems using .env files: you've two or more different .env file like .env and .env.example.

You're a programmer and coding a new amazing feature. You're adding one or more new environment variables to your local .env file and everything is working fine on your computer.

Boum! Your feature is buggy.

A colleague copy the source code from a versioning system like Github/GitLab or, second scenario, someone will deploy the feature on a server and your feature is broken.

Why? Because the variable(s) you've added have been added in your local .env file, on your computer only.

As you know, you have to create the variables in the .env.example file too but let's be honest, nobody thinks about it.

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Batch edit of environment file

When deploying a project on servers, we need to pay particular attention to the .env file. This file is crucial and will determine whether our application works properly (or crashes).

The normal way of doing things is to run a git clone command to get the latest version of the application from a repository (branch test for a test server, dev for an acceptance server, main for a production server).

Once cloned, the next command will be to create the .env file and it's done using cp .env.example .env.

And that's where the obligation to be meticulous begins.