Celebrating the ONE year anniversary of our beloved Visual Studio 2010.  Through the years, it is amazing how far Visual Studio has gone with all its anomalies, weaknesses and frustrating points, it is still an extremely powerful IDE and in my humble opinion the best and most productive IDE out there.  Read the details here

Happy Birthday Visual Studio 2010! Can’t wait to start working with Visual Studio 2012


In this video, building a new Template in Sitefinity 4.0 SP1 is demonstrated using a sample template from FreeCssTemplates.org, using Visual Studio 2010.

I demonstrated the reason behind the new location of “WebSiteTemplates” under App_Data and the easiest way to perform the transfer of an existing non-Sitefinity template to Sitefinity 4.0

 Hope you enjoy!

Falafel Software is very excited to announce the addition of Basem Emara, widely acclaimed Sitefinity Guru, to the team!
Basem brings with him not only a well-known name and a unique track record in the Sitefinity community and consulting business, but also a very successful set of commercially available Sitefinity modules. Falafel Software is pleased to announce that these modules are now Falafel Software modules, available on the Telerik Marketplace and the Falafel store.
“With this acquisition, Falafel is firmly positioning itself as the leading Sitefinity vendor for consulting, training and off the shelf modules.” said Lino Tadros, ...

Today is a very special day for Falafel Software . All the employees flew in from all 5 states yesterday and in the next 2 hours, The Today In America crew will be filming all day, at our headquarters in Capitola, a segment on Falafel Software and its success in the Software Industry for the last decade.  The segment will be presented by NFL Hall Of Famer “Terry Bradshaw” and syndicated on CNN Headline News and FOX Business News!


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Congratulations to our friends at Telerik for their strong presence in this year’s 2010 DevProConnections Community Choice Awards.  Telerik won several Gold and several Silver awards throughout the entire spectrum of development areas.

 One of the Gold this year again was Telerik Training, we, at Falafel, are especially proud of that one as we conduct the majority of the training on Telerik products worldwide for the last 5 years.  In 2010, Falafel taught over 25 classes worldwide online and onsite on all Telerik products with great success!  We taught on the RAD ASP.NET AJAX Suite, Winforms Suite, Silverlight Suite, ...

The week of November 8th 2010, Telerik conducted a great Webinar presented by my dear friend Gabe Sumner, Sitefinity’s Chief evangelist at Telerik.

During the webinar, Gabe showed many features of the upcoming Release Candidate and also shared with the community, almost 1000 webinar attendees, the new pricing model, the new partners model and their new tiered approach.

I have to admit, I have been working with Telerik for the last 6 years on all their products as a partner, consultant, trainer and most of all a friend of the company and a close friend to their management and lots ...

We are proud to announce that the EventBoard and Falafel 2 Go applications have been approved and released on the Microsoft Marketplace for Windows Phone 7.  EventBoard is a conference productivity application for attendees utilizing ODATA and the Azure Cloud to provide users with live information about any specific conference regarding speakers, sessions, news, agenda, rooms, times, tweets, facebook, maps, etc…

Falafel 2 Go is a simple application that allows users to follow Falafel Software training agendas, blogs and Tweets on the Windows Phone 7 device on the go.

Hope you enjoy both FREE applications and we can’t wait to ...

DevReach Conference Viewer for Android screenshot   Falafel is pleased to announce the availability of the DevReach Viewer on the Android Marketplace.  You can scan the QR barcode below or head to the Android MarketPlace and search for DevReach now!

Hope you enjoy the application and find it useful during the conference next week in Sofia Bulgaria!

Now the DevReach Viewer is available in the AppStore for iPhone, the Android MarketPlace for Android and the Zune Marketplace for Windows Phone 7.

You can now DOWNLOAD the DevReach Viewer for iPhone from the AppStore.  The app will allow you to view all sessions, speakers, schedule, agenda, tracks and also view the latest NEWS about the conference as well as as mark sessions as favorites for off line viewing.
Hope you enjoy the application and find it useful while attending next week’s DevReach Conference in Sofia Bulgaria.

Our final release of Silicon Valley Code Camp app for the Android platform is now available on the Android Marketplace.  Falafel now has all major platforms covered (iPhone, Android and WP7)

If you are an Android user please head to the market place and get your Free app today to manage your sessions, speakers, favorites,  and others made for ease features to make this fun and simple for everyone under all platforms.

If you have an Android phone you can scan the QR barcode below and it will download the app automatically.

Hope you enjoy!  See you on Saturday!


Day Of .Net in Grand Rapids

Day of .NET in Grand Rapids is a one-day conference on all things .NET organized by developers for developers. This event is being offered at a minimal cost to anyone interested in .NET development, and will take place on Saturday October 23rd, at Calvin College



Jonathan Tower, Falafel Software’s Consulting Engineer will be speaking on Windows 7 Application Development.  Join him there for a sure to be an exciting and productive session!

Falafel Software is very excited to be sponsoring the Silicon Valley  Code Camp for the 3rd year as a Platinum Sponsor. This excellent Code Camp at the heart of the Silicon Valley, in Los Altos CA, at the beautiful Foothills College has always been a well organized event full of great sessions and great speakers.

This year Falafel Software is showing up in force :) by having 5 speakers present 12 technical sessions during the 2 day event:

Lino Tadros

  • Mobile Development with iPhone, Android and Phone 7
  • How to Test Silverlight apps the right way
  • Silverlight 4 Out ...

MonoDroid Videos

Falafel Software created two videos on the pre-release version of MonoDroid in the last week with permission from the Mono Development Team at Novell in order to demonstrate the power of this upcoming tool in building Android Applications in Visual Studio 2010 using C#.  
The first video was downloaded 12,000 times in the first 36 hours worldwide.  The interest is very high for this tool!
What do you think of the ability to write C# code for the Android SDK?

Falafel mobile experts make developing for your mobile market easier and more efficient.

The Falafel Mobile Team is pleased to announce the launch of Falafel Mobile, the best mobile application development assistance offered.

Executives need access to key data points anytime, anywhere. Gone is the nine to five work day, your managers and users need to be able to view data, receive notifications, and take appropriate action, no matter where they are, and at what time of day, using the mobile device of their choice. Your Line of Business applications no longer have to be constrained to the confines of ...

I just released a new video demonstrating the power of the new APIs in Sitefinity 4.0 Beta that was just released last week by the Telerik team (CONGRATULATIONS! to the entire Telerik team worldwide).

The essence of the video was to demonstrate the use of the regular APIs to create a new PAGE into the system using two different approaches:

1- The Regular API way that most core developers will use that require understanding of the architecture and the fundamental knowledge of how the Object hierarchy relates to the database layer behind Sitefinity 4.0

2- The FLUENT API way that ...

Falafel Software is very happy to announce Drew Wells has joined the management team at Falafel Software as Vice President of Products and Acquisitions. Wells joins the team with extensive experience building strong and successful product companies. He comes to Falafel from AutomatedQA, recently renamed Smart Bear Software, where he served for six years as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. AutomatedQA/Smart Bear and Falafel Software partner to offer state of the art consulting and training on AutomatedQA product offerings like TestComplete.

“Drew’s addition to the team signals an added focus at Falafel to complete the pyramid of consulting and training ...

Congratulations to our friends and partners at SmartBear for releasing the heavily anticipated release of TestComplete 8 to the market.  TestComplete 8 comes with an abundance of new features (over 150 features) to make everyday testing of Software easier and enjoyable.

Falafel Software simultaneously released today two major revisions of its award winning series of courseware material for TestComplete  8 Made Easy – Scripting Edition and the TestComplete 8 Made Easier – Keyword Edition.

You can order Testcomplete 8 Standard or Enterprise or upgrade your current version and receive 10% of the current price from the Falafel Store


Still as of Sitefinity 3.7 SP3, it is still really hard to find out all the available WebUIEditors and Selectors available for Sitefinity properties during Custom Control Development.

With some snooping around using .NET Reflector, you could see they are all over the place.  Most of them are undocumented so be careful :)

These are the 20 WebUIEditors and Selectors currently found in the shipping 3.7 SP3:


These are the class names with their full namespace that needs to be ...

For the 8th year, Falafel  Software’s CEO, Lino Tadros was awarded the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for all his contributions to the Microsoft community worldwide.
Lino presents on C#, Silverlight, WCF, Mobile and ASP.NET topics worldwide since 1994.

Join us at booth #705 at the DC convention Center between July 11th and 15th.  Several Falafel Team members and management will be available to answer our questions and help guide you through the best approaches in building Microsoft based solutions today and into the future.

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