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August 2012

Anchoring Augmented Reality Objects In The Real World On Your Windows Phone

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Augmented Reality (AR) applications have been making headway into our lives. Probability the most recognized AR use is the yellow first down marker used on TV for most football games. AR apps have also been creeping into our phones. My current favorites are SkyMap and Wikitude. Being an engineer and scientist, I’ve always been interested in how things work. The inner workings of AR could not escape my interest, especially with access to such tools as our new smart phones. What makes AR possible in today’s new phones are the MEMS and GPS sensors. The MEMS sensor is used to…

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Windows Azure Mobile Services is here

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See announcement by Scott Guthrie here. In a nutshell, Mobile Services allows you to add an Azure cloud backend to your mobile solution in minutes. Initially, support is for Windows 8, but will be expanded to Windows Phone, iOS and Android. There is built in support for structured storage (SQL), Push Notifications, Authentication (Windows Live ID initially, more to come, read Facebook etc., maybe ACS). The goal is to make it easy for non enterprise developers (i.e. primarily mobile developers) to create a robust cloud back end. I am very excited to dig deeper, expect talks and blogs on this…

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Finding the local storage folder of a Windows 8 Style application

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With some elementary investigation you can browse to your user folder, then dig your way down to the local storage folder for a WinRT applcation in the Explorer.  The path to these Windows 8 Style apps (formerly Metro) is as follows: c:Users{username}AppDataLocalPackagesMicrosoft.BingSports_8wekyb3d8bbwe  It all makes sense, but what is that mess on the end of the application name?  Interestingly enough it is a hash for the publisher of the application.  There is a new Windows API which uses an internal and undisclosed algorithm to create a publisher hash, which when appended to the package name becomes the family name.  Family…

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Behind the curtain with Windows 8 Style project templates

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When you create a new project using the Windows 8 Style application templates Visual Studio does a number of things behind the scenes on your behalf.  Understanding these is handy should you knowingly or unintentionally develop an application that depends on any of these settings.  Creating your own Windows 8 style applications in Visual Studio 2012 is very straightforward, it is upon leaving the safe cocoon of Visual Studio that things get interesting.    Visual Studio acquires a Windows 8 developer license on your behalf in order to permit testing Windows 8 style applications before approval from the Store and…

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Lino Tadros on the Tablet Show

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Listen to this week’s installment of “The Tablet Show” featuring Falafel CEO Lino Tadros.   The Tablet Show (Show 47, Released Aug. 27th, 2012 ) You’ll enjoy this 10-time Microsoft MVP’s take on Windows 8 development, HTML 5, JavaScript, iPad and more as Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell ask about his real world experiences developing in the mobile space. 

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FREE Windows 8 Unleashed Event – Sunnyvale

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For our friends in Silicon Valley, don’t miss Falafel President and CTO John Waters explaining how to build new style Windows 8 apps this Saturday in Sunnyvale. This is your chance to learn from the architect of EventBoard, the first event app available in the Windows 8 store. What: Windows 8 Unleashed – Sunnyvale When: Saturday, Aug 25th, 2012  8:00am to 8:00pm Where: Nokia 200 S Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 Cost to attend: FREE! Register : http://unleashednsunnyvale.eventbrite.com First you will learn, then you will build! Spend the morning in lecture and hands on labs and the afternoon competing in…

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EventBoard in the Windows 8 Store

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Microsoft officially released Windows 8 to the public yesterday and one of the first applications you can download from the Windows 8 store comes from Falafel Software. It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the availability of EventBoard for Windows 8! Early adopters of Windows tablets will love the new Modern UI style interface, complete with all the Windows 8 bells and whistles. Semantic zoom, share charm integration, snapping, notifications and more will make navigating any conference a breeze. We encourage you to download it and try it out for yourself. EventBoard for Windows 8 is only…

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Lino Tadros to Speak at Sitefinity and Beyond

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To Sitefinity and Beyond! That’s where you’ll find Falafel Software CEO Lino Tadros sharing his Sitefinity knowledge and experience. Lino will join the Sitefinity team at the event to help educate and guide the community on Sitefinity development and best practices. His talk, “Deploying High Performing and Scalable Web Solutions” draws from the experience of developing over 150 Sitefinity solutions and will explain exactly how to optimize Sitefinity for the demands of the enterprise. You’ll learn how to configure IIS, properly cache data, eliminate ViewState, pre-compile sites, optimize JavaScript, use single sign on, load balance mutliple sites and master new…

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John Waters to teach Windows 8 Unleashed

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John Waters will be teaching the Windows 8 Unleashed event at Nokia’s office in Sunnyvale, California, on August 25th. The day will consist of three instructor led presentations, each one followed by Hands on Labs, and then the day will end with a coding competition with great prizes to win! Read more about the agenda here. If you haven’t signed up yet, sign up here.

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Falafel Dashboard for Sitefinity MVC is Released

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It is with great pleasure that we, at Falafel Software, introduce to you the Falafel Dashboard.  With the latest release of Sitefinity 5.1, we were all treated to a great feature and a major change in the ability of the framework by introducing MVC in Sitefinity. It was a clean and robust implementation that Falafel Software jumped on the opportunity and started to think about add-ons and plug-ins that will add value and benefit all Sitefinity content shareholders everywhere. The current Dashboard in Sitefinity 4, 5 and 5.1 is pretty much a placeholder in our opinion.  It can show a…

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Learn the Foundations of Sitefinity 5.1

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Sitefinity 5.1 was released a few weeks ago, bringing the flexibility and speed of ASP.NET MVC + Razor to Telerik’s award winning CMS. We’ve always been big fans of MVC and this new programming model has made it even easier to include JavaScript and use our favorite Kendo UI widgets on Sitefinity web sites.   Anticipating the new Sitefinity release, we put together a Foundations of Sitefinity 5.1 Package that combined online training with hands on guidance from our consultants. The response was tremendous. We received many requests to break the package into two separate options and we were happy…

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Falafel Software Hires 3rd Microsoft MVP

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Capitola, CA – Aug. 1st, 2012 – Falafel Software is pleased to announce the addition of its third Microsoft MVP to the team, Tiberiu Covaci. With over 20 years of experience as a developer, trainer and speaker, Covaci will add depth to both the training and consulting divisions of Falafel Software.  “We are very excited about the valuable addition of Tibi to the Falafel family”, said Lino Tadros, Falafel Chairman & CEO. “Tibi brings a significant level of expertise, experience and talent to our company. I have had the pleasure to speak with Tibi at major software conferences all around…

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