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Lino Tadros

Lino Tadros

Alain "Lino" Tadros is President & CEO of Falafel Software, a Silicon Valley based company, with presence in Colorado,Texas, Ohio, Washington, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Florida and North Carolina, dedicated to providing world-class consulting, training, and software development for small, medium, and enterprise level businesses. Prior to founding Falafel, Lino was a member of the development team at Borland for Delphi and C++Builder. Lino has been awarded Microsoft MVP status thirteen years in a row for his numerous contributions to the C# community and is an expert in .NET, LINQ, ASP.NET, MVC, XAML, Xamarin, Windows Phone and Web Services. Lino is an industry renowned speaker and has given numerous presentations in 47 different countries since 1994. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors of 4 Silicon Valley corporations.

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Falafel Software Recognized for Sitefinity Website of the Year

By | News, Sitefinity | No Comments

Falafel Software Announces that Mammoth Mountain Resorts Wins Progress Sitefinity 2016 Website of the Year Award Company’s work with Big Bear Mountain Resort honored for the best in website creativity, design, user experience, functionality and overall presentation  Scotts Valley, CA—February 28, 2017—Falafel Software today announced that the Big Bear Mountain Resort website, designed and built by Falafel Software has been named a 2016 Progress® Sitefinity™ Website of the Year winner in the Tourism & Hospitality category. Since its inception in 2011, the Website of the Year awards have been recognizing Progress Sitefinity-powered websites for creativity, design, user experience, functionality and overall…

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Azure Cloud Failure

Disappointing Azure Cloud Failures

By | Azure, Events, Microsoft | One Comment

I have been a big fan of the Microsoft Azure Cloud.  Here at Falafel we use it on dozens of projects for our valued customers and internally as well, but unfortunately Sunday Feb 19th 2017 was a bad day for the Azure cloud if your services, VMs, jobs, IoT and other services were running in their “West US 2” region. EventsXD One of our products, EventsXD experienced total failure around 5:00 am PST on Sunday while multiple conferences around the world were using the platform for their events.  Immediately, we were notified by our systems that connections to the Hosting…

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Advanced Sitefinity Developer class in the Silicon Valley

By | Sitefinity | No Comments

We are very pleased and excited about offering the only west coast Progress Sitefinity Advanced Developer class at our training facility in Scotts Valley, CA (25 minutes from San Jose Airport SJC) at the heart of the Silicon Valley. This class offers backend developers the ability to develop a web application using Sitefinity CMS. You will receive extensive knowledge, on-class support and be taught by Sitefinity experts with 25 years of training experience.  Each attendee will receive a certificate of completion.  This class will enable you to confidently take the Advanced Sitefinity Developer Exam. This class is an official Progress Sitefinity…

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Falafel Bytes Show is Released

By | Falafel Bytes, News | No Comments

Starting July 1st 2016, Falafel Software has released a new video show called “Falafel Bytes” that will interview technologists and celebrities from all over the world to chat about subjects that are important to you and your technology teams. Topics: We will be talking about Windows, Mac, Linux, Hololens, Testing, Mobile, Xamarin, NativeScript, iOS, Android, VR, IoT,  ASP.NET, Angular2, Azure, AWS, Power BI, Wearables, CMS, and many more topics… YouTube: Subscribe to our channel on YouTube and we look forward to producing these interviews.  Don’t miss the bloopers at the end of each interview 🙂 First Show: The first show…

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Telerik Developer Experts

By | News, Telerik | No Comments

I am very proud that 7 out of the 27 Telerik Developer Experts worldwide are Falafel Software architects and Sr. Engineers. We are grateful for Progress for including us in this elite group of Telerik Experts and we are all committed to continue supporting their products at the highest level for a long time to come.

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EventBoard with Wings – EventBoard Corporation

By | .NET, Android, AngularJS, Azure, Giving Back, iOS, JavaScript, Windows Phone, Xamarin | No Comments

4.5 years ago, we at Falafel, were determined to enter the Mobile market to prepare ourselves as experts to consult and train on ALL mobile subjects for this huge revolution.
We had to start an internal project at Falafel to build experience and get the team involved in a real mobile project before we could dive into customers’ projects.
We decided at the time that building a Conference app for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone was the right project for us and it would also help run some of the Code Camps and User Groups conferences in the Silicon Valley area.

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Falafel Celebrates At Disneyland

By | Fun, News | One Comment

It is customary at Falafel every year that we stop our busy commitments and enjoy our colleagues and their families by taking some time off and vacation altogether somewhere fun and exciting. This year is no different, we are all heading on July 22nd to Disneyland to enjoy each other and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee – 60 years- of that magical place. Last year, was the Disney Bahamas Cruise from Florida which was fantastic and memorable!  We have been to many exotic places over the years, 4 times to Hawaii, Bora Bora, Mexico, Las Vegas and others. Here at Falafel,…

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Sitefinity, Sitecore and Orchard – Different Choices

By | News | 2 Comments

Yesterday, Falafel Software had a major announcement that we entered into a partnership with Sitecore, the market leader in Web Content Management Systems. We are known for the last 8 years to be a strong Sitefinity power house with published books, frameworks, over 380 major customers and over 150 training classes taught all around the world. But in this current age, the “One Size Fits All” approach does not really work. We consult and train on multiple CMS systems, like Orchard, Sitefinity and Sitecore and probably even more in the future.  I believe very strongly that these CMS systems have…

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Testing Office 365 Store Apps with TestComplete

By | Office365, TestComplete | One Comment

Office 365 store applications are HTML5 and Javascript applications running in your Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc… TestComplete can easily help you test your store app. By using the Object Spy or the Object Browser in TestComplete 10.4, you are able to read the DOM of the Internet Explorer Server instance page embedded in the applications and from there TestComplete gives you full power over using Keyword Testing or Scripting to automate your tests against the Office 365 Store Application. Happy Testing!

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A Dream 21 Years In The Making

By | News | 9 Comments

21 years ago, I had the honor of being employed by one of the greatest companies in the world at the time “Borland International” in Scotts Valley, CA.  A place where I made countless lasting friendships and learned most of what made me who I am today.  Besides the wonderful people and the smartest people in the software industry that I got to enjoy every day during my decade at Borland, the building that Phillipe Kahn built for us was amazing and the most beautiful office building on the west coast.  He spared no expense in creating what I consider a…

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Unreasonable Expectations

By | Sitefinity | One Comment

It’s extremely common to hire a custom development company to help build your project. Over the last 7 years, Falafel has worked on and delivered over 380 projects based on the Telerik Sitefinity CMS alone. In that time, I’ve learned a few things that can be beneficial for both the clients and the company. While the vast majority of projects go perfectly well, not all do. Here are a few things you can do both as a customer, and as the consulting group, to save those projects before they take a wrong turn.

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TestComplete Online Training choices

By | TestComplete | No Comments

Falafel Software has been training on TestComplete by SmartBear since 2002, shortly after the first release of the product. It has been a pleasure and a delight to train thousands of people on 5 continents on TestComplete with tremendous success and very high level of productivity. In the last few years, Falafel Software added the option of learning TestComplete without ever having to travel, pay for hotel, flight, be away from work, etc… thanks to GotoWebinar by Citrix that proved in the last 5 years to be extremely valuable in the online training world. The options that are available for…

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Falafel Dashboard for Sitefinity MVC is Released

By | News | No Comments

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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Sitefinity Dashboard ReImagined #2

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Another teaser to show where we are going with all the possibilities with the new Falafel Dashboard for Sitefinity 5.1 Please feel free to comment here to request more features, input, must haves, etc…   We continue to be very excited about the new release of 5.1 and the world of possibilities it opened to build robust widgets and modules in MVC with the razor syntax  

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Sitefinity Dashboard ReImagined

By | News | No Comments

Now that Sitefinity 5.1 was released yesterday, congratulations to the entire Telerik team BTW, we are preparing at Falafel to release a Sitefinity Dashboard that will allow immediate access to relevant information about the site.  We have so many ideas and I am sure the community can help shape the future versions of this Dashboard as well. We are using MVC + Razor Syntax (we love this part BTW) and including the wonderful controls from KendoUI to spice up the Dashboard. The Dashboard product for Sitefinity will contain: Multiple e-commerce Dashboard widgets Recent Comments Pages Awaiting Approval Pages in draft…

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Lino Speaking at ITCamp 2012 in Romania

By | News | No Comments

In few days, I travel to Cluj, Romania to speak about Windows 8 Metro Style Development and the latest in Windows Phone development as well at the ITCamp conference   This will be my 43rd country to visit, I am excited to visit Romania for the first time, as all the Romanians I know are extremely nice, welcoming and very funny , just the kind of people I like to hang around.   I am excited to see lots of my friends there as well (Tiberiu Covaci, Tim Huckaby, Martin Kulov, Mihai Tătăran and others…)   See you all in…

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Happy 9th Birthday Falafel Software

By | News | No Comments

Nine years ago (On May 15th 2003), I had the pleasure and honor of starting Falafel Software from my garage in San Jose, CA.  It has been an amazing and blessed ride so far.  Happy Birthday Falafel! and Congratulations to all Falafel Team Members all around the globe.  I also would like to thank our partners Telerik and SmartBear for our important relationships and most of all our valued friendship. It is amazing to see how many projects have been completed over the years in so many verticals (medical, military, hospitality, financial, educational and many others) with great success!  I…

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Congratulations to NimblePros and Telerik!

By | News | No Comments

On April 25th 2012, Telerik announced the acquisition of their first Enterprise level Service company, NimblePros.  The press release can be read here. We are very excited for our friends at NimblePros and Telerik and wish to congratulate them and wish them well on this initiative to increase the level of in-house support for Telerik’s enterprise level customers.   With the tremendous success Telerik has been enjoying worldwide and phenomenal growth, selling the products was not enough for major Fortune 500 companies everywhere that require a solid commitment and hand holding for architecture advice as well as implementation tips and…

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