I’ve been aware of a new-ish recommended way to work with Auth0 for a while, and finally decided to migrate my sloppy integration over. I first started with auth0/auth0-spa-js, but soon realized that Auth0 maintains a React SDK, which uses auth0-spa-js under the hood, so I went with auth0/auth0-react instead.
However, I could not understand why the accessToken I received was not in JWT format, but a small string of maybe 15 characters. It wasn’t a Bearer token I could use to make XHR call against the REST API server.
The Auth0 doc page on Access Tokens mentions 2 different kinds – “opaque” and “JWT”, but it didn’t mention how to get the JWT token. I was guessing that the small token I got back was the opaque token.
Not able to find any reference to this issue online, I randomly tried adding the audience to the call to get the token, which turned out to be exactly the missing piece for me.
In hindsight, I’m guessing I was getting the opaque token because by default, Auth0 was returning the access token needed for the /userinfo endpoint only. If anyone knows the answer to this, I would love to know.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time, and finally found the time to do so at the end of 2020. Wow! What an insightful read! I’m glad I got to experience it.
Based on reviews and comments about this popular book, one might go into reading it expecting an intellectual conversation about the history of race and racism in America. I was however enthralled by an intensely emotional and honest telling of a personal narrative. Even though the story is of an individual, I couldn’t help but think about the countless human stories similar to this one, having been lived and is being lived out every day, some perhaps more tragic. I also found myself comparing the story with how I grew up and found my ways in the world, and how different my experiences and thus perspective are. Yet there is a common humanity in the personal struggles and the human emotions that I could relate to and recognize. That is the lesson I took away from the book – while the conversation about race and racism is often explored through the lens of rationality and morality, it is first and foremost a lived experience, and one filled with intense and personal feelings and memories.
I just watched this TED talk about the end of globalization and where it goes from here.
I don’t fully agree with it – some of the statements are generalizing and simplistic. However, it raised some interesting thoughts.
For the last few decades, globalization has seen a blurring of borders, many times based on geographical proximity. Some examples I could immediately think of include the European Union, North America (in the context of NAFTA), ASEAN etc. There are probably many other, though I’m not as familiar.
What if in the future, we see more blocs coming together of alliances based on value systems instead of geographical attributes? Systems that would include economic policies, population size, diplomatic outlook, technology, human rights advocacy or abuse etc. Are there examples of such grouping already in existence?
I needed a way to perform automated backup for my GCP Firestore database. I found out that Firestore has Import/ Export functionality, and it seems to be the recommended way to do backup. So I created a simple GitHub Actions workflow to do this:
This workflow can be triggered in 2 ways, manually (due to workflow_dispatch trigger), or on a schedule (cron syntax).
The first step set up and authenticate the gcloud cli. The second step triggers to export action on GCP. Currently firestore export is only available on gcloud beta, so an installation step of the beta component is needed.
The cloud storage bucket would need to be created beforehand. I created mine with the NEARLINEstorage class to save on some cost.