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Why current social platforms suck majorly

One major problem with most current social platforms is they randomly ban people for things that are not offensive.

You can’t even make a joke on these platforms. They ban people for making jokes like the following.

Social censorship at it’s finest

Anyone with an IQ over 75 can clearly see I am making a joke here about how much Javascript sucks. In no way am I telling anyone to harm themselves or saying I want to harm myself.

What kind of petty broken censorship system is this?  Is this AI making these judgements? If so it sucks.
Did  some amateur that just started to learn to code, who is totally in love with Javascript reported this? If so grow up and learn some other languages and you will realize Javascript sucks. Once you learn a compiled language you will never want to go back to uncompiled languages. Javascript has a way of just hiding errors, and User interface programming is insane.

So much suck in 1 language


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How to get URL Routes in your Javascript in Symfony 5+

This is something I needed to know how to do so I could generate URLs inside my javascript more easily.

Currently the docs on this are outdated so I will record what I did here so I can know later, or for others who need this info.

The docs say something about app/appKernel.php that file no longer exists.  It has been replaced with just kernel.php and you do pretty much nothing to that file.

I am not sure what version Symfony started this but I know in 5+ you don’t have to register the bundle like step 2 of the old docs shows. This is done automatically for you in a new file named config/bundles.php which is where all bundles are automatically registered when you install them.

So all you do is this command now in the terminal

composer require friendsofsymfony/jsrouting-bundle

inside your apps root level. It is auto registered for you.

You don’t have to do step 3 of the old docs either as the config system has changed. There is no


file anymore. When you install the bundle the new system creates a new file named app/config/routes/fos_js_routing.yaml for you
For step 4 the required code has changed you need to enter this now.

$ php bin/console assets:install --symlink public

Basically to install the bundle you just use the composer command and most of the stuff is now done for you.

A silent secret.

In order for the routes to work you must add something new to every single route definition you want to be able to generate a route in your javascript for.

You must add this to the annotation or where ever you define your routes. I use annotations so I can just look to the controllers, plus when I split the system into microservices the routes go with their services.


So for my menu route the definition in the controller looks like this.

@Route("/menu", name="menu", options={"expose"=true}, methods={"GET"})

Now how to use it?

So now that it is installed how do you use it? One more step. Now you must include the needed Javascript in your page with these tags.

<script src="{{ asset('bundles/fosjsrouting/js/router.js') }}"></script>
<script src="{{ path('fos_js_routing_js', { callback: 'fos.Router.setData' }) }}"></script>

Place those anywhere you want. What I did is put them in my base twig template in a section where I include my Javascript this way it is available on every page because I will probably be needing access to routes as I build the app.

Once you have all of the above done you can use it like this

let testUrl = Routing.generate( 'menu');
console.log(testUrl); //outputs /menu

Route not found errors?

Yes I got these too. You must add expose


to every single route you want to use. And your IDE probably won’t be very helpful so double check the spellings. Routing probably won’t be found by your IDE.

Here is a link to my favorite HTMLEntities converter if you write articles about programming you will need this.


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How to create and use a custom Javascript Event

You have probably used events in Javascript many times.  Especially if you have done any User Interface programming. There are many types of events provided by browsers and the Javascript engines.

Did you know you can create your own custom events with the CustomEvent() constructor? Here is a minimal example. In this article I will explain custom events and how to use them.

First off what would you use a custom event for? You use them to notify other objects in your app that actions have occurred such as “user clicked x” or “user closed dialog”. Using events prevents code coupling and reduces dependencies.

I came across this need when creating a dialog box where I wanted an overlay to show beneath it blocking out the page behind. I didn’t want my DialogBox to have to know about my Overlay.  I didn’t want them coupled. I didn’t want my DialogBox to have to have an Overlay object as an argument creating a dependency. I didn’t want my DialogBox to even know that an Overlay object existed.

The answer is for my DialogBox to emit/create/dispatch a custom Javascript Event and have a listener for that event to close the Overlay.

So lets look at some code.

import {Utils} from "./Utils";

class DialogBox {

     * @param {string} dialogId
     * @param {string} dialogClass
    constructor(dialogId = 'dialogId', dialogClass = '') {
        this.closeDialogId = 'closeDialog';
        this.dialogBoxBottomRowId = 'dialogBoxBottomRow';
        this.dialogBoxClass = 'dialogBox ' + dialogClass;
        this.contentContainerId = 'dialogContentContainer';
        this.dialogHtml = '';
        this.dialogBoxId = dialogId;
        this.closeHandler = null;
        this.divElement = null;

     * @param {string} rowContent : the content HTML etc to be added as a row
     * @param {string} cssClass : applied only if passed in
     * @returns {void}
    bottomRow(rowContent = '', cssClass = 'dialog-bottom-row') {

        let bottomRow = document.getElementById(this.dialogBoxBottomRowId);

        //if the bottom row does not exist add it to the html
        if ( Utils.isEmpty(bottomRow)) {
            let rowHtml = '<div id="' + this.dialogBoxBottomRowId + '" ';
            rowHtml += ' class="' + cssClass + '" ';
            rowHtml += ' >' + rowContent + '</div>';
            this.dialogHtml += rowHtml;
        } else {
            //if a bottom row exists replace it
            bottomRow.className = cssClass;
            bottomRow.innerText = rowContent;
     * Centers the dialog vertically and horizontally in the parent element
     * @param {string} parentElementId
    centerDialog(parentElementId = 'body') {

        let parentWidth = 0;
        let parentHeight = 0;
        //need the dialog boxes calculated width and height
        let dialogHeight = this.divElement.clientHeight;
        let dialogWidth = this.divElement.clientWidth;

        //must use two different ways to get the height and width
        if (parentElementId === 'body') {
            parentWidth = window.innerWidth;
            parentHeight = window.innerHeight;
        } else {
            let parentElement = document.getElementById(parentElementId);
            //make sure null or undefined were not returned
            if (!Utils.isEmpty(parentElement)) {
                parentHeight = parentElement.clientHeight;
                parentWidth = parentElement.clientWidth;
        let left = (parentWidth / 2) - (dialogWidth / 2);
        let top = (parentHeight / 2) - (dialogHeight / 2);
        //must add px or it doesn't work at all = top + 'px'; = left + 'px';
     * @param {string} content
     * @param {string} containerClass
    contentContainer(content, containerClass = 'dialog-content') {
        let contentDiv = document.getElementById(this.contentContainerId);

        //if the container exists replace it contents
        if (Utils.isEmpty(contentDiv)) {
            let contentHtml = '<div id="' + this.contentContainerId + '"';
            contentHtml += ' class="' + containerClass + '" >';
            contentHtml += content + '</div>';
            this.dialogHtml += contentHtml;
        } else {
            contentDiv.innerHTML = content;
            contentDiv.className = containerClass;
     * calls removeDialogBox which removes the dialog and event listeners
    hideDialogBox() {

     * @param {string} menuText
     * @param {string} menuTextClass
    menuBar(menuText, menuTextClass = '') {
        let menuTextId = 'dialog-menu-text';
         * if dialogMenuBar is present then the length will be non zero or true
         * if this is the case replace the content, this allows this method to be called
         * again later to change the value
        let menuBarID = 'dialog-menu-bar';
        let menuTextDiv = document.getElementById(menuTextId);

        if (Utils.isEmpty(menuTextDiv)) {
            this.dialogHtml = '<div class="dialog-menu-bar" id="dialog-menu-bar" >';
            this.dialogHtml += '<div id="' + menuTextId + '" class="dialog-menu-text ';
            this.dialogHtml += menuTextClass + '" >' + menuText + '</div>';
            this.dialogHtml += '<div id="' + this.closeDialogId + '" class="close-dialog" >';
            this.dialogHtml += '<img src="/images/drawing/close-window.png" ';
            this.dialogHtml += 'alt="Close dialog" >';
            this.dialogHtml += '</div></div>';
        } else {
            menuTextDiv.innerText = menuText;
            menuTextDiv.className = menuTextClass;

     * displays the dialog box, you must call centerDialog to center it
    showDialogBox() {
        //remove any existing dialog boxes first
        this.divElement = document.createElement("div"); = this.dialogBoxId;
        this.divElement.className = this.dialogBoxClass;
        this.divElement.innerHTML = this.dialogHtml;
        //position the dialog box now give it the highest z-index to be on top = Utils.getHighestZIndex() + 1;
        //add the listener for when the user clicks to close

        this.closeHandler = function ( ) {

        let close = document.getElementById(this.closeDialogId);
        close.addEventListener('click', this.closeHandler, false);

     * removes the dialog html from the page and removes the close listener
     * dispatches event 'dialogClosed' to be used to close an overlay etc.
    removeDialogBox() {
        let dialogElem = document.getElementById(this.dialogBoxId);
        //if a dialog box of the same id exists delete it first to prevent errors and issues
        if (dialogElem) {
            let close = document.getElementById(this.closeDialogId);
            close.removeEventListener('click', this.closeHandler, false);
            const dialogEvent = new CustomEvent('dialogClosed');

export {DialogBox}

That is a lot of code 169 lines to be exact. I am still in the process of converting this code, still going to add some Template literals instead of the old fashioned string concatenation technique.

There are several very import things to note here in this code. For example the way the addEventListener() and removeEventListener are used. These functions have to be passed THE EXACT SAME parameters or removeEventListener() fails to remove the event listener and that clutters your memory up because you will have listeners referring to elements that don’t exist.

That is why I have this code this.closeHandler

//add the listener for when the user clicks to close

        this.closeHandler = function ( ) {

        let close = document.getElementById(this.closeDialogId);
        close.addEventListener('click', this.closeHandler, false);

See this.closeHandler = function  that stores the function to handle the click on the close button. Both the add and remove event listener functions have to be passed the exact same function.

Look at the removeDialogBox function closer.

let dialogElem = document.getElementById(this.dialogBoxId);
        //if a dialog box of the same id exists delete it first to prevent errors and issues
        if (dialogElem) {
            let close = document.getElementById(this.closeDialogId);
            close.removeEventListener('click', this.closeHandler, false);
            const dialogEvent = new CustomEvent('dialogClosed');

Notice that the second argument to removeEventListener is this.closeHandler that is the same function passed to the addEventListener above.

If you use anonymous functions inside add and remove event listeners instead, then they wont be the same function and so your event listener won’t be removed and your memory fills up faster.

Another important note is that the this.handler function must use bind(this) like so

this.closeHandler = function ( ) { this.removeDialogBox(); }.bind(this);

If you don’t bind the function expression then you will get an error about this.removeDialogBox is not a function.
This is because you are storing the closeHandler in memory for later use.  At that later time the context will be different, the code won’t be executing within your class anymore, it will be in it’s own context. That means “this” that was alive in your class, no longer exists. Which means that function no longer exists You must bind “this” by using “.bind(this) at the end of the function.

And now about the Custom Event. You will see it at the bottom of the removeDialogbox() function

const dialogEvent = new CustomEvent('dialogClosed');

Those two lines is all it takes to create and dispatch your own Custom event. This means you write code that listens for the custom “dialogClosed” event to be fired like this.

document.body.addEventListener('dialogClosed', function (){

Notice I am using document.body this is a very easy way to create the listener. This is using an anonymous function which is bad because this listener can’t be removed. It should be removed right below this. In order to do that you would need to create the handler function above it and pass it to both the add and remove event listeners.

Adding information to the event.
This is one of the most handy parts of custom events, the ability to pass information in the event. This can be any information, a full object even.
In this article it mentions adding custom data with “detail”.  Here is an example from the code above.

const dialogEvent = new CustomEvent('dialogClosed',{ detail: {
        id: this.dialogBoxId
    } });

Here I am passing id you can use this same format to pass many more values just add a comma to the end of each one. Then to access the extra information in your listener you do like this.

document.body.addEventListener( 'dialogClosed', function (event) {

let dialogId =
switch (dialogId) {
case mainDialogId :
case colorDialogId :

}, false);

Above I am using to get the value I stored in id in the detail of the custom event. Notice how I am using a switch statement to compare the id’s of the dialog that closed to close the correct overlay. There is no default behavior for this action, either one dialog closes or another. I could have 5 different dialogs if I wanted.

Web Development

Symfony 5+ how to import or link to javascript and css files with webpack encore

Symfony has a handy way of importing your css and javascript files into your templates/pages to use them. You can find the full info in the docs link here.

This was a little confusing to me at first.  Mostly due to my lack of knowledge of some of the Webpack and  modern JS features like importing.
Basically when you update the webpack configuration to add another entry point for a separate Javascript file, it also creates a matching CSS file if your javascript file imports any CSS.  Many 3rd party packages will have imports, as I found out with SunEditor(totally awesome wysiwyg html editor). So when you try to create a script that relies on a CSS file of it’s own like suneditor you need to import like this inside the file.

import 'suneditor/dist/css/suneditor.min.css'
import suneditor from 'suneditor'
import plugins from 'suneditor/src/plugins'
let aboutInput = 'about-input';
suneditor.create(aboutInput, {
    plugins: plugins,
    buttonList: [
        ['undo', 'redo'],
        ['font', 'fontSize', 'formatBlock'],
        ['paragraphStyle', 'blockquote'],
        ['bold', 'underline', 'italic', 'strike', 'subscript', 'superscript'],
        ['fontColor', 'hiliteColor', 'textStyle'],
        '/', // Line break
        ['outdent', 'indent'],
        ['align', 'horizontalRule', 'list', 'lineHeight'],
        ['table', 'link', 'image', 'video', 'audio' /** ,'math' */], // You must add the 'katex' library at options to use the 'math' plugin.
        /** ['imageGallery'] */ // You must add the "imageGalleryUrl".
        ['fullScreen', 'showBlocks', 'codeView'],
        ['preview', 'print'],
        ['save', 'template']

This is what confused me I thought the Javascript code would automatically include the CSS file when I included the Javascript in the page with a tag like this

//inside edit-about-user.html.twig
{% block javascript_extra %}
{{ encore_entry_script_tags('editAboutUser') }}
{% endblock %}

block javascipt is my custom twig section, encore_entry_script_tags includes the javascript. This is where I falsely assumed that the import statement above would include the CSS in the page along with the Javascript. The above encore_entry_script_tags function only includes the Javascript. To include the CSS which is the same from the import statement above you must use another tag.

//inside edit-about-user.html.twig
{% block stylesheets %}
{# 'app' must match the first argument to addEntry() in webpack.config.js #}
{{ parent() }}
{{ encore_entry_link_tags('editAboutUser') }}
{% endblock %}

Again block stylesheets is just my custom twig block section. encore_entry_link_tags is the magic needed to include the CSS on the page that the import statement included above. This is what confused me I thought Webpack was bundling the CSS somehow with the JS. What it does is create two files one CSS and one Javascript. You must use the encore_entry functions to include both to get what ever project you are using functioning.

So as I found out you must include both the CSS and JS with encore_entry_ tag functions.

Resources Web Development

Fonts and icons resource list

Everything you need to know about web fonts – awesome article that explains what fonts are, how they work on the web and the history of how things have changed.

Google Fonts getting started page – Use some fonts for free from google fonts. Google now has icons too.

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CSS links and resources

Setting Height And Width On Images Is Important Again – great article explaining how browsers operate on images with CSS and HTML sizing.

Cumulative layout shifts – this is when the content on your page shifts due to images, video or other content loading in the page.

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How to get the user id in a service in Symfony 5

I’m no Symfony expert, I write what I find as I find it. Nothing in the documentation really covers this subject, so I am not sure what the correct way is of if there even is one.

There are a few ways I have found to get a user id. None of the classes you can inject such as UserInterface, SessionInterface, TokenInterface, Security etc. contain an actual getUserId() method.

You can  get a user object from the Security class, as seen in the documentation here. To do so you type hint aka Dependency Inject your service constructor with Security but not just any Security will do there is also one by Sensio labs and another. You want this Security

use Symfony\Component\Security\Core\Security;

Then your ide wont show it or will warn something about a polymorphic call blah blah, but apparently there is a getId() method of the user returned from Security and you can get a user id like this.

/** @var User $user */
$user = $this->security->getUser()->getId();
$userId = $user->getId();

This method may return null if the user is not logged in so you need to check for that. The @var syntax tells the IDE what is going on so it knows there is a getId() method, you will also need to import that class. The User object it refers to is your App/Entity/User class.

Forgive me if anything is wrong.
Link to a Symfony cast with a little more info but not much.

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How does login and authentication work in Symfony 5.*

This is mostly for myself as a reminder. The most frustrating part of Symfony is Authentication because the information is scattered all over between articles, symfonycasts etc. just all over, like a unicorn farting out rainbow sprinkles.

There are two versions of authentication an old one and a new one. The old one uses Authentication providers the new one users just Authetincators. No one but the authors of Symfony know WTF the difference is though.

Note : to add confusion Symfony refers to what you usually call Sessions as Tokens FFS.

First off a list of files involved in the login process :

  1. The login form obviously app/templates/security/login.html.twig
  2. A security controller app/src/Controller/SecurityController.php
  3. A user Provider aka the User entity class app/src/Entity/User.php
  4. An Authenticator app/src/Security/LoginFormAuthenticator.php

When a user requests /login Symfony first calls LoginFormAuthenticator.php to check to see if the user is logged in/authenticated so the work is not done in the controller like most other actions. To change, add, remove anything from the authentication process you make changes in the LoginFormAuthenticator.php methods.

There is a new experimental Authentication system it still uses authenticators but a slightly different process.

This authenticator is listed in the app/config/packages/security.yaml file under firewalls:main:guard:athenticators as

- App\Security\LoginFormAuthenticator

symfony firewall authenticator section

Every time a request is made the firewall will use the authenticator listed to try to authenticate the user. If authentication fails Symfony secretly behind the scenes tries other ways to authenticate the user as you can see in the image below.

symfony guards
Secret guards attack

As you can see in the image above Symfony will try your guard you listed in the configuration file, but it also tries it’s own secret list of default authenticators.

For information about the login form see this article in the scatterdocs. A little more info about the login form and process from the Symfony Spaghetti docs.

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Symfony Session resources list

Plain session docs – This is the symfony documentation page about Sessions alone. This link shows the basic configuration and use of Sessions in Symfony. This also mentions not starting a session for Anonymous users and has links to other info about sessions.

Configuring Sessions and Save handlers – Symfony documentation link. This covers more about how to configure sessions and their Save Handlers. This is some of the better information about Sessions and how they work in Symfony. It covers the save handlers and more of the configuration information.

Session proxy examples – Symfony Documentation link. This covers how to create your own session handler. It also discusses how to encrypt session data with an example.

Framework configuration – Symfony documentation link. This covers many of the options for the security component of Symfony.

Store sessions in a database – Symfony documentation link that describes how to store session data in a database or Redis.

Session Management – Symfony documentation link. Explains how sessions are managed in symfony. Gives a good overview and important information about how symfony functions. It covers the functions symfony uses to replace PHP session functions and how to use them. This also covers the ways to work with sessions in Symfony. Oddly this covers Flash messages too.



Symfony events resources, links and videos

To see a list of all events use this command

 php bin/console debug:event-dispatcher

Built-in Symfony Events – this covers some of how events work in Symfony and the basic default events that fire with every request.

The HTTP kernel component – This gets to the core of Symfony and it’s event system. The kernel is driven by events. This also covers the basic flow of events that symfony follows when a request enters the system.

Events and event listeners – More information about symfony events.

The EventDispacher component – This is more about the symfony system events.

An example of how to use the EventDispacher component


This video covers how to create a custom event subscriber