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Remote API useful tricks for Docker on Mac OS X

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Install Socat

Socat allow you to forward ports to a variety of things. For Docker forwarding a port to the docker.sock file makes a quick way to get access to the Docker remote api.

Docker also allow a way to open up that TCP port however on Mac it is temperamental and hard to use

brew install socat
socat -d TCP-LISTEN:2375,reuseaddr,fork UNIX:/var/run/docker.sock &

Create an IP alias

Running Docker containers locally is a fairly common thing. Interconnectivity between containers works naturally. However, sometimes you may also want a container to connect back to the Docker Remote API. If you are constantly on the go changing networks you do not want to have to change that IP address every time.

A great use case for this is running Jenkins and using docker slaves

sudo ifconfig lo0 alias

Remote API

There are also some interesting endpoints you can use for information

curl http://localhost:2375
curl http://localhost:2375/containers/json
curl http://localhost:2375/images/json

Mock HTTP calls with Angular and Protractor

Friday, February 17, 2017
Mocking Data

One of the benefits using AngularJS is also using some test tools like Protractor. Protractor is a tool that was made for Angular testing. Many times when testing you will need to mock some data so that you can see if your application responds in the correct manner. Let us assume that we have the following HTML file running our application.
<!doctype html>
<html ng-app="demo">
        <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/angular.js/1.6.1/angular.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/angular.js/1.6.1/angular-mocks.js"></script>
        <script src="hello.js"></script>

        <div ng-controller="Hello">
            <p>Hello <span id="gname">{{exampleResponse.name}}</span></p>
This web application loads a few javascript files from a CDN (content delivery network) and also a "hello.js". In order to get mocking to work we have to make sure that there is a reference to "angular-mocks.js".
Then under "hello.js" we define a simple HTTP request that will get some data and return it in the $scope.exampleResponse variable. This response is exactly what we want to mock.
angular.module('demo', [])
.controller('Hello', function($scope, $http) {
        then(function(response) {
            $scope.exampleResponse = response.data;
Install some basic packages for protractor.
npm install protractor jasmine-core httpbackend
Setup for protractor-conf.js
exports.config = {

    directConnect: true,
    //seleniumAddress: 'http://localhost:4444/wd/hub',

    suites: { "main" : ["spec/**/*.js"]},

    capabilities: {
        "browserName": "chrome"

    baseUrl: "http://localhost:8000/",

    framework: 'jasmine2',

    jasmineNodeOpts: {
        defaultTimeoutInterval: parseInt(process.env.TIMEOUT) || 30000,
        verbose: true,
        realtimeFailure: true,
        //print: function() {}

    resultJsonOutputFile: 'result.json',

    onPrepare: function() {},

    afterLaunch: function(exitCode) {}
The test script, now we can have some fun. The first thing we can do is require httpbackend. There is another way to accomplish mock however httpbackend provides a really simple means of getting the job done. For this example we also create a before and after hook that will allow us to define backend and also clear and teardown the variable.
var HttpBackend = require('httpbackend');
var backend;

describe('A test', function() {
    beforeEach(() => {
        backend = new HttpBackend(browser);

    afterEach(function() {

    it('should diplay Ben as the name', function() {
        backend.whenGET(/exampleResponse/).respond({"name": "Ben"});
If you remember from back in the "hello.js" we did a GET request. "$http.get('http://baseUrl/exampleResponse')" Within the it statement, this is where we can have backend tell Angular that when it needs this GET request send this new data. "backend.whenGET(/exampleResponse/).respond({"name": "Ben"});"
That is all there is too it. For more information and other HTTP handlers like POST, check our the documentation on httpbackend https://www.npmjs.com/package/httpbackend. You can also take a look at an example of this work on my github and play with it yourself. https://github.com/blh0021/protractor-angular-demos

Build your own expectation library.

Monday, February 13, 2017
In the world of impending deadlines, testing is a key a vital role with any project. When building software you can test many functions and processes in a matter of minutes depending on how you setup your tests and how well the code was written to be testable. A key element for that tests is what you expect. Javascript for example, there are many expectation frameworks out there. Jasmine, Chai, Mocha to name a few. Let's build a simple expectation without their input.
var expect = function(obj) {
  return {}
This will be our starting point for what we will expect. Very simply it is a function that will accept an argument obj and then it returns some object back that will be defined in more detail soon. You may be thinking one object? That doesn't seem quite right. For an expect statement to work shouldn't we have something like "expect(a, b, 'equal')". Yes, we could do something like that. However, for this example, we will attempt to make the code read like a sentence. For example "expect(a).to.beEqual(b)". For this to work, we will create a singleton class out of the object that gets returned. The first item we will need is what value that we are wanting to test. This can be our expectation.
var expect = function(obj) {
  return {
    "expectation": obj  
Once we have that value we need to create an object "to". This is really just for readability and organization.
var expect = function(obj) {
  return {
    "expectation": obj,
    "to": {}  
Lastly, we need to create a function with the "to" object called beEqual(val).
var expect = function(obj) {
  return {
    "expectation": obj,
    "to": {
      "beEqual": function(val) {}
At this point, you can run your expect statement and no matter what you put into it, the statement will pass. Depending on your test framework and how you use it this can be a real problem. The issue on this one is that we have not written any code to cause a failure yet. However as a reminder when you write your tests make sure that they will actually fail for the right reason. Tests that always pass are not necessarily useful. Hopping off the soap box and back into beEqual. In this function, we want to do 2 main things. The first is to check if the value in beEqual(val) is equal to the obj in the expect statement. The second is what to do if it is or is not equal. If they are equal we want to return true. If the answer turns out to be false, we want to throw an error and probably return some kind of message about why it failed as well.
var expect = function(obj) {
  return {
    "expectation": obj,
    "to": {
      "beEqual": function(val) {
        if (obj === val) {
          return true;
        } else {
          throw "Expected: " + val + " Got: " + obj;
Congratulations you now have a very simplistic expectation framework that you can add too and modify to your hearts desire. There are many more opportunities to explore in this area. If you are new to coding etc, I suggest try writing a few more matchers that you can expect. Some examples toBeGreater, toBeLess, or maybe add a "not" object in there somewhere. Where ever it takes you I hope it ends up with better more solid code.