React Js Tutorial: How to use Github pages root as your personal homepage using gh-pages

February 3, 2019 , ,

GitHub pages is a great place to host your website and lot’s of people use it to host one page apps, you just need to edit, push and changes are live.

While I was working on one of my projects, more specifically my personal homepage built with React, I’ve stumbled upon a problem related with the package gh-pages, used to easily push the code to GH. The issue is that gh-pages by default uses the branch ‘gh-pages’ inside GitHub and if you want to host it on the root of your GitHub personal page, you need to use a branch called ‘master’.

So here’s an example (code partially from the great freecodecamp article on medium):

You create a repository with your username, in my case:


Following freecodecamp’s article, you then need to setup npm to do the deploy using gh-pages, after that,  you can easily push the code to GitHub using:

[html]npm run deploy[/html]

This runs the pre-defined command:

[html]npm run build&&gh-pages -d build[/html]

The solution is to edit the command to:

[html]npm run build&&gh-pages -b master -d build[/html]

This will force gh-pages to push the code to the master branch, making it possible to be used on the root of your GitHub page.


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Yii2 Insert and Ignore duplicates

March 28, 2019 , ,

One of the things that comes with learning a framework is that we should change a bit the way we work in order to correctly build an app.

One of the frameworks I’ve used the most (on a personal and professional level) is Yii2 and my experience has been excellent – fast, reliable and well maintained.

One of the pain points I got since the beginning is the way the database interaction system works that in the end is quite simple, but only now that I understand it. One of the situations that I had to solve was how to do an Insert/Update, so below here’s a snippet on how to do it.


$model::YourModel::findOne(ID); // findOne() searches for the table key, you can use find()->where(‘=’, ‘column’, ‘name’)->one(); to identify the model.

$model = new YourModel;

$model->column_1 = ‘text’;
$model->column_2 = 123;

The logic is:

  • You try to find if you already have the item in the Databse by calling the findOne(key);
  • If there’s no model, create it from scratch;
  • Assign values to the fields
  • Save

That should really be it, I’m surprised there’s no other documentation explaining this quickly and simple.

Feel free to post any questions below.

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