Setting up a 7-inch Touchscreen on a Pi 2 with Windows IoT Core Insider Preview

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One of the things that I am most excited about with Windows coming to the Raspberry Pi is the support of displays. I have an existing 7” touch display that could serve a great UI experience in many IoT projects. This is the procedure that I followed in order to get the display working with the Pi 2 running Windows IoT Core Insider Preview. This article expects that you already have a Raspberry Pi 2 and that it is running the Windows IoT Core operating system. If you don’t currently have this setup it is quite easy to begin by…

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Kris Lankford Named Falafel’s Vice President of Product Marketing

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Falafel Software is excited to announce that former Microsoft Senior Manager, Kris Lankford, joins our team today as the new Vice President of Product Marketing. Kris brings over fifteen years of extensive experience in the software and technology industries as both a developer product marketing professional, is well known throughout the industry for promoting software development, architecture and increasing software proficiency to solid DevOps practices. Kris will making his debut as a member of the Falafel team at DEVintersection and AngleBrackets events in Scottsdale, Arizona this week on May 18-21, 2015. Kris will be hosting an introductory session on Visual…

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ngrok: Public URLs for your Dev Machine

By | Tools, Web | One Comment

I realize that I may be late to the party on this one, but in case anyone else didn’t know, ngrok is a fantastic tool for web developers. If you ever find yourself needing to provide access to your development server to someone outside your local network, or if you are working on an application that uses webhooks or mobile devices, ngrok might be the perfect tool for you. In short, ngrok will provide you with a reverse proxy that makes your local development machine accessible to the Internet, even if you are behind a NAT or firewall. So long, port…

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Hands-free WinRT: Part 3 – Cortana

By | .NET, Mobile, Windows Universal Apps | No Comments

This is post #3 of 3 in the series “Hands-free WinRT” Cortana is many things. She (yes, after using it for a while, you start to refer to Cortana as “she”) is a digital assistant, keeping track of details about you in order to be proactive in delivering information to you before you need it. She is a voice interface to perform tasks that would otherwise require starting one of the built-in apps, such as setting reminders and alarms, or sending a text message while driving. And when she cannot determine an action based on what you say (or type)…

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Lino Tadros Shares Expert Advice on Cordova Mobile Apps at DEVintersection and AngleBrackets

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Falafel Software’s Lino Tadros will be presenting at the upcoming DEVintersection and AngleBrackets in Arizona, where he will be sharing some tips and triks for building mobile apps using the Apache Cordova apps in Visual Studio 2015 in his presentation “Cordova Mobile Aps Tips and Tricks”. What? Falafel’s Lino Tadros at the co-located DEVintersection and AngleBrackets. When is his session? “Cordova Mobile Apps Tips and Tricks” presented by Lino Tadros May 20th, 10:15-11:30am MT, Palomino 10 Where is it? Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, Arizona Falafel will also be available to discuss our consulting, training and development…

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George Saadeh Discusses How to Deliver End-to-End Hybrid Apps at ITCamp

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Falafel Software’s George Saadeh will be presenting at the upcoming ITCamp in Romania, where he will be sharing some expert advice how using the Cordova tool in Visual Studio brings the ability to create cross-platform development. What? Falafel’s George Saadeh at ITCamp 2015: When is his session? “How to Deliver an End-to-End Solution with a Multi-Device Hybrid App,” presented by George Saadeh on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:45 am UTC+2:00 Where is it? Grand Hotel Italia, Str. Trifoiului , Cluj-Napoca 400478, Romania To learn more about George’s session or ITCamp, visit itcamp.ro

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MSBuild with Atlassian Bamboo

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We recently migrated a project from Team Foundation Build to Atlassian Bamboo in order to align our CI builds with the other Atlassian tools in place. While there is a significant amount of documentation in general for Bamboo, I had a hard time finding much information for building .NET projects with Bamboo, specifically using MSBuild along with NuGet. I’ll outline the steps I used to get our CI builds up and running and hopefully they will be helpful for you as you configure Bamboo to build and test .NET solutions. Job Tasks After you create your Project and Plan in…

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Keith Burnell Discusses .NET and EF Code First at SDD Conference 2015

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Falafel Software’s Keith Burnell will be presenting at the upcoming Software Design & Development (SDD) Conference 2015, where he will be sharing some expert advice on Entity Framework code first and how to architect and optimize code for testing. What? Falafel’s Keith Burnell at SDD 2015: When are his sessions? “EF code first – magic unicorns and beyond!” Presented by Falafel’s Keith Burnell – 9:30 am, Thursday, May 14th, 2015 “Test Driving .NET,” Presented by Falafel’s Keith Burnell – 16:00 pm, Thursday, May 14th, 2015 Where is it? Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS  

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Microsoft Band Galvanic Skin Response Sensor

By | .NET, Blogs, C#, Fun, Microsoft, Mobile, News | One Comment

Before I get to the sensor, Microsoft updated the Band SDK today. From what I can tell, this update did not significantly change any of the sensors I’ve covered on the API level. Once I’ve had a better look at it I’ll post any changes I do find. The next Microsoft Band sensor in my target is the Galvanic Skin Response sensor, or more simply the Contact sensor. This sensor is designed to give you an indication of if the Band is actually being worn or not. This sensor sends a small electric charge from the metal frame around the…

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Microsoft Band Skin Temperature Sensor

By | .NET, C#, Mobile, News | One Comment

I’m continuing my Microsoft Band exploration by investigating the skin temperature sensor. Just like the pervious Band sensors I’ve already covered, the accelerometer and the ultraviolet sensors, the skin temperature sensor follows the same general pattern. Connect to the band. Set up an event handler to sensor ReadingChanged event. Start the process of reading the sensor by calling the StartReadingsAsync() function. Read the sensor value from the event args SensorReading property. Here is the code snippet to accomplish this:

The ReadingChanged event handler returns the value of the skin temperature sensor in Celsius. Also included in the event args…

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Announcing Stripe Payment Provider for Sitefinity Ecommerce

By | Sitefinity | No Comments

Stripe is a modern payment processor that makes adding payment processing capabilities to your eCommerce store a breeze. Sitefinity Ecommerce has a fantastic support for Payment Provider Model to add your own payment processor. We here are Falafel use Stripe as Payment Processor for our Falafel.com site. Starting this week, you can buy the Stripe for Sitefinity Ecommerce from our store. The package comes in two options 1) DLL only   2) Full Source Code DLL Only give you the required DLL that you can drop into your bin folder of Sitefinity application and the configuration to go along with…

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IoT – The Journey Begins

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IoT is the use of web/network based everyday appliances and other, well, things. IoT represents vending machines that keep their own inventory, toasters that alert you when the toast is done, fire alarms that wake you while calling the fire fighters, and so much more.

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Live Microsoft Build Viewing Parties

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Microsoft Build will take place later this month, and unfortunately for many software developers, it quickly sold out. With Windows 10 and a host of new developer products around the corner, Microsoft has said this is the most important dev conference in Microsoft’s history. But don’t worry that you’re not going, because you can join us at our Scotts Valley, CA or Hudson, OH offices on 29 and 30 April, 2015 for a live viewing party, completely free of charge. Attendees will receive lunch, and our staff will be on hand to answer questions about the announcements that will be…

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