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April 2015

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 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

By | News | 5 Comments

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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Jesse Liberty Named Director of Technical Development

By | News | One Comment

Jesse Liberty joined the Falafel team in 2013, and has continued to impress in many ways since then. Today, we would like to announce that Jesse is moving up from Master Consultant to take on an expanded role as Director of Technical Development. Since joining, Jesse has worked tirelessly to build a strong relationship with our partner, Xamarin, and in his new role he will continue to strengthen existing relationships and establish new alliances. “I hope to contribute by creating bridges to new and existing partners in this new role, by exploring emerging technologies and by actively working with the…

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Make a Kendo MVVM calculated field depend on DataSource data

By | Kendo UI, MVVM | One Comment

Imagine this: You are developing a web page that displays data in a grid but you also want to be able to show various other views and aggregations outside the grid. How would you do it? You could hook up event handlers to the grid’s DataSource and manually update everything when the data changes. But wouldn’t it be nicer if you could just declare MVVM bindings and let the bindings detect all the changes? I think so. Let me know you how it’s done. Scalar bindings First, let’s talk about scalar bindings such at the text and value bindings. You…

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FalafelCON is Back!

By | FalafelCON, News | One Comment

We can’t even tell you how excited we are to announce that FalafelCON is back! While it may be hard to believe, FalafelCON 2015 is going to be bigger and better than last year. This year we’re moving to the beautiful Monterey, California and we’re bringing together speakers from around the world such as Clemens Vasters, and you’ll also have the chance to hear from our own exerts again including Lino Tadros, Jesse Liberty, Carey Payette, and so many more. We’ll be releasing more details in the coming weeks, but for now, here is what you need to know: WHAT:…

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The $20,000 Xamarin Programmer

By | News, Xamarin | 12 Comments

This is post 39 of 50 in the series “Learning Xamarin” If Xamarin programing is going to be how you make your living,  then I highly recommend this list of hardware and software. iOS, OSX, Android, Windows Phone, Windows   If you are going to develop on both Mac and Windows, it is painful to switch back and forth between machines. Ideally, you’ll run Windows on a Mac, using Parallels or something similar. Parallels is the right thing, but you need hardware that will fully support dual operating systems. (Note, if you are only targeting iOS and Android, you can have a great…

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Falafel Software and Mammoth Mountain named a 2014 Telerik Sitefinity Website of the Year

By | News, Sitefinity, Telerik | No Comments

Every year Telerik, a Progress Company, honors those websites that have gone above and beyond to create an innovative and unique web experience using the Telerik Sitefinity CMS. This year we are thrilled to announce that Falafel Software and Mammoth Mountain have been named as one of the 2014 Telerik Sitefinity Website of the Year award winners for the “Multi-site” category. In 2014 Mammoth Mountain came to the Falafel team to help them unify the over nine sister websites that showcase the premiere 4-season resorts large selection of amenities and services. Our team rose to the challenge and worked side-by-side…

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Sitefinity 8.0 has arrived at

By | Sitefinity | 3 Comments

Telerik recently released Sitefinity 8.0, adding a whole lot of great features to the already powerful CMS. We were so excited for Sitefinity 8.0 that the same day it came out, we offered classes on this specific release. We also upgraded our own website,, to 8.0 and know that you will enjoy it as much as we have been. Some of the new features of this latest Sitefinity release include improved multi-site capabilities, site-sync and taxonomy support. With this latest release also came the brand new Sitefinity Digital Experience Cloud (DEC), which will take your Marketing team’s potential to…

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Hands-free WinRT: Part 2 – The Listening App

By | .NET, Mobile, Windows Universal Apps | 2 Comments

This is post 2 of 3 in the series “Hands-free WinRT” The first part of this series demonstrated how to use Speech Synthesis and “voice fonts” to give your WinRT app a voice. Now we can see what it takes for your app to work in the opposite direction: listening to your voice and producing text as a result. Platform Divergence While the Speech Synthesis API in WinRT is available to both Windows and Windows Phone 8.1, the Speech Recognition API, unfortunately, is not. With Windows Phone, you get a powerful API built right into WinRT that enables speech recognition in your…

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Falafel Recognized as Top 25 Microsoft Solution Provider

By | Microsoft, News | One Comment

Yesterday we received the wonderful news that Falafel Software has been named by CIO Story Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Most Powerful Microsoft Solution Providers” of 2015. Every year CIO Story releases an annual publication listing the 25 forerunners of the industry who excel at tackling Microsoft Technology Challenges. We pride ourselves on providing delivering quality Microsoft solutions — from custom development to consulting — and are thrilled to be recognized as one of the leaders at what we do. Read the CIO Story Magazine’s annual publication and read the full feature article on Falafel here.

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