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Notes on programming-related problems that I’ve encountered while working on various projects.

What To Do When Xcode CLI Tools Won’t Install

TL;DR: If the standard terminal commands don’t work for uninstalling and reinstalling the Xcode CLI tools, use this page and search for the latest version of the tools to download. You don’t need a developer account to access it.

If you work both in a terminal and on a Mac, then you’re likely familiar with the Xcode Command Line Tools (and the necessary utilities they provide for things like Git, building front-end assets, etc.).

If you’re not familiar, here’s the gist:

[Command Line Tools] enables UNIX-style development via Terminal by installing command line developer tools, as well ass macOS SDK frameworks and headers. Many useful tools are included such as the Apple eLLVM compiler, linker, and Make.

Apple Developer Downloads

Obviously, I’m not an iOS or a macOS developer, but there’s plenty of work that I do in the terminal and I need some of these tools for.

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Quick Tip: Fix Library Not Loaded for Node

If you’ve installed Node via Homebrew and, at any point, are trying to execute a shell script to start up a containerized environment (or maybe something else – I’m speaking solely from my experience) and you’re presented with this message or something like it:

dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/opt/icu4c/lib/libicui18n.64.dylib
  Referenced from: /usr/local/bin/node
  Reason: image not found
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How To Fix TypeError: Cannot Read Property

If, at some point, you’re working on some front-end code using NPM and when you attempt to install a package, you get a message that resembles something like this (you’re mileage obviously may vary):

TypeError: Cannot read property 'properties' of undefined
at Object.<anonymous> ([...]/node_modules/webpack/bin/webpack.js:156:2)

That is, the primary problem being: TypeError: Cannot read property ‘properties’ of undefined

The best solution I’ve found to the problem is to remove webpack and the webpack-cli and reinstall it using the --save-dev directive.

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Using PHPCS with Oh My Zsh

If you’re using macOS Catalina (or later depending on when you’re reading this post) and you’re also running a combination of:

And you’re using the latter installed at a global level but your IDE nor your terminal sessions are able to pick it up, make sure that you’ve updated your path.


Oh My Zsh is a delightful, open source, community-driven framework for managing your Zsh configuration.


This means if you’re going to make any changes to your path, you need to update ~/.zshrc.

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