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Accessing the Unity Gyroscope

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In my continuing desire to explore the capability of Unity accessing the device sensors, I’m exploring the gyroscope. The gyroscope is an instrument that is used to measure the change in rotation along its axis. The first versions of this instrument started off as large and heavy mechanical tops, then progressed to very small MEMS that can now fit into our phones. To demonstrate the gyroscope I’ll use the same code base that I’ve been using in my previous Unity posts; Unity Accelerometer Device Attitude Alignment and Displaying the Device Compass in Unity. So you’ll see the device orientation cubes…

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Microsoft OCR Library

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Microsoft recently announced that their OCR Library for Windows Runtime has been released as a NuGet package. This library enables you to add text reading capabilities to your Windows Phone 8/8.1 and Windows 8.1 Store apps. I wanted to get a simple working example up and running and found it to be quite easy and functional. I created a basic Windows 8.1 Store app. The XAML for the main page is listed below.

The code behind has only one event handler for the button click and because this is just a simple working example contains all of the code necessary…

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Picking your Challenges – Luminance for Points

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One of the things I’m learning as I’m settling into my #2520orBust challenge, is picking which challenges I’m going to tackle on DVLUP.com. You have to consider the requirements of the challenge and the due dates. You also have to consider the amount of free time you have to devote to the challenge. For me, that’s not much time. So, I’m looking at the low hanging fruit right now. The next challenge on my list is the “New App Special“. It’s 250 pts, and I’ve got until the end of August. The app I have in mind is a lux…

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First Look at Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 Universal Apps with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC

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Although I didn’t have the honor of attending Build this year (someday!!), I thought I’d do the next best thing and grab the latest bits and get my feet wet with the new Universal apps for Windows and Windows Phone, available with the newly released Visual Studio Update 2 RC. The installer ran without a hitch, and after a quick reboot I was up and running, though as far as I can tell nothing significant in the UI has changed. I was worried I would first need to install the Windows 8.1 Update as well, but apparently this is either…

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Jesse Liberty Joins Falafel Software

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Tech influencer and former Microsoft and Telerik evangelist Jesse Liberty joins Falafel Software. Capitola, CA  August 29, 2013 – Today, Falafel Software is proud to announce and welcome Jesse Liberty to the team as a Master Consultant. Liberty is an esteemed author of numerous popular software development books and Pluralsight courses, a regular blogger and conference speaker, and the host of the popular “Yet Another Podcast” where he hosts “Intelligent Technical Conversations” weekly. In his new role, Liberty will supply hands on software development assistance to Falafel Software customers and take over several of Falafel’s online training courses. “I am…

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Spicing up boring Windows 8 pages with the Telerik HubTile

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This is a video blog post on how to spice up your boring Windows 8 pages using Telerik’s HubTile.   Attached Properties review : http://blog.falafel.com/Blogs/BaryNusz/bary-nusz/2013/01/16/using-generic-attached-properties-to-simplify-windows-8-settings-charm-pages Telerik HubTile: http://www.telerik.com/products/windows-8/controls-xaml/hubtile.aspx Falafel Bugs for Windows 8: http://www.falafel.com/store/falafel-bugs-for-windows-8 Boring example: https://github.com/physicspackage/Boring.git

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Multiple desktops for a Windows world

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You will probably agree that having 2+ monitors is one of the most productive enhancements you can do to your PC setup. It is not so easy when traveling or if you are embracing the post-PC era. This is why it is vital to have “multiple desktops” instead. This is not a new concept if you are coming from the Mac or Linux world. Why Windows still has not jumped on this is beyond me. Until this light hits them, let me introduce you to Dexpot. First thing you will notice is a quick view in the taskbar. This is…

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Fixing Windows 8 Deployment Error: “Error : DEP0700 : Registration of the app failed”

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I ran into an error when I was setting up a project in Visual Studio for an existing Windows 8 app I already had installed from the Windows 8 Store. When I tried to run the project in the debugger for the first time, I got the following error message: Error : DEP0700 : Registration of the app failed. Another user has already installed a packaged version of this app. An unpackaged version cannot replace this. The conflicting package is [MyProjectName] and it was published by [MyCertificate]. (0x80073cf9) This seemed odd to me since I had already uninstalled the app…

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Telerik Tools Helped Deliver EventBoard on Time

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Building our EventBoard mobile solution for conferences was no easy task. The solution includes native applications for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8, Windows Azure cloud services, a web based administration portal, and a separate product website. Thankfully, we were able to use the tools from Telerik in nearly every facet of development. The tools saved us time and money, and now Telerik has featured our development story in a detailed case study. You can read all about what it took to build EventBoard here.

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EventBoard Official App of Microsoft MVP Summit

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Falafel Software’s mobile conference solution EventBoard, has been chosen as the official application of the Microsoft MVP Summit. The Microsoft MVP Award is given to technical experts who actively participate in the community, sharing both their knowledge and enthusiasm for Microsoft products. For 20 years, it has remained one of the most difficult awards to earn and wearing the badge of an MVP has signified supreme technical excellence with Microsoft technologies. Each year, every MVP from around the world is invited to Microsoft headquarters for the MVP Summit. This private event gives MVPs early and direct access to the technology…

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Surface Pro for Developers

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For years I’ve always liked the idea of having the ability to develop on the road. Few who know me would ever deny that I’m a true road warrior, although I’m beginning to slow down. Whether it was taking my kids all over the world to fence, chasing storms, hiking off the trail, or even jet skiing at the lake, I often had my laptop with me. I’ve come up with some of my best ideas while on the road. However, the size and bulk of my various laptops always had me wishing for something else.   The Surface RT…

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Handling the AdControl with Flyout Settings Pages

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In my last blog post, Using Generic Attached Properties to Simplify Windows 8 Settings Charm Pages , I talked about how to easily add Settings Charm pages to any Windows 8 app. If your app happens to have an AdControl, you might have an issue that you need to handle. The issue is that AdControl is hosted in a WebView Control, which causes the control to always be on top. When flyout Settings Charm pages overlap AdControl elements you get unexpected behaviors. It’s a known issue but is easy to handle. I’ve updated the GitHub example to include a couple of AdControls on the…

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Falafel Software Announces FalafelCon

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Falafel Software is pleased to announce FalafelCon 2013, the new annual training conference for software developers. Capitola CA – 29th January, 2013 – Falafel Software’s new annual training conference, FalafelCon, will take place at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus on June 10 and 11th, offering software developers four co-located events and 40 technical sessions to choose from. FalafelCon’s four co-located events include Web and Mobile specific events that explore cutting edge software development techniques with Microsoft development tools. Advanced development topics include Azure tips and tricks, cross platform mobile development, NFC with Windows Phone, Windows 8 sensor integration and many more….

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Falafel Bugs for Windows 8 Released

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We take quality seriously. Up until now, if you said the word “bug” in the halls of Falafel Software, you had better be whispering. So just imagine how much fun it was to build an app that was full of bugs. Of course, we’re not talking about programming bugs, but the kind of bugs that can scurry all over your screen and give anyone looking over your shoulder the creeps. This new Windows 8 app wasn’t just for fun either, this bug invasion is smart. You can set the size of the swarm and these intelligent little creatures can tell…

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Using Generic Attached Properties to Simplify Windows 8 Settings Charm Pages

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I’ve always liked attached properties… so much so that a couple of years ago I created a series of generic classes to simplify the process of creating custom attached properties. Attached Properties – a review: External control interactions — like the Grid.Row attached property. Basic info storage — just like the Tag property. Behaviors — changing properties and behaviors of the parent control. Bindings — to achieve custom bindings between UI controls. If you use XAML, you use attached properties whether you realize it or not. Creating a custom attached property only takes a few lines of code. Many declarative…

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Falafel Launches New Sitefinity 5.3 Website

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Its 2013, so out with the old and in with the new! Over the holidays, the Falafel team was hard at work preparing our new Sitefinity 5.3 website for launch. The new site is a complete redesign inspired by Windows 8 that features a tile-based, color-coded theme to make navigating the site and finding the exact Falafel Software content you were looking for easier than ever before. Under the hood, the Sitefinity 5.3 engine and MVC based widgets have given the site a huge performance boost over past incarnations. Fans of Sitefinity will also recognize and appreciate that the Falafel…

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Learn from Falafel at the Worlds Largest Hackathon

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Make that an “Appathon”. Microsoft’s “Gen Appathon”. On Friday Nov 9th, Microsoft is hosting the world’s largest code fest at cities all over the country. This free event is your chance to build Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 applications with education and oversight from experts. The experts at the Sunnyvale, CA event and Irving, TX  event includes three familiar faces who we can vouch for. In Irving, get help from Bary Nusz, the author of the Magnetometer app for Windows Phone and a long series of in-depth Windows Phone and Windows 8 related blogs. At the Sunnyvale event, you’ll…

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Declarative ComboBoxes in XAML

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Developing in XAML (Windows 8, Silverlight, Windows Phone, or WPF) gives you a powerful combination of declarative markup with databinding, but one shortcoming I often come up against is the ability to build simple ComboBox elements declaratively with both Content and Values. If you are familiar with HTML, you know that you can use a select tag to pair the display name with a key value, such as: <select>   <option value=”volvo”>Volvo</option>   <option value=”saab”>Saab</option>   <option value=”mercedes”>Mercedes</option>   <option value=”audi”>Audi</option> </select> Notice that the value for each item does not have to exactly match the display name (in the example above, there is no capitalization…

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A Big Dose of Sitefinity from Falafel

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**Update – To get Lino’s slides from the Sitefinity and Beyond performance session go here. Today, Falafel Software CEO Lino Tadros is speaking at the Sitefinity and Beyond Conference in Boston, but that is only a part of our big Sitefinity news. Customers tend to approach Falafel for the hard stuff. Performance problems, integrations, custom modules, often much more than just a pretty user interface. Having consulted on over 100 of these complex Sitefinity solutions, Lino is well suited to deliver the talk on “Deploying High Performing and Scalable Web Solutions”, but it’s his energy and comedic style that will…

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Doing an asynchronous search in Windows 8

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I was teaching a class today at HP, and demonstrating how to implement Search suggestions for in app search. The pattern is easy: you hook an event, and in the event, return any matches. Here is an example: var sp = SearchPane.GetForCurrentView(); sp.SuggestionsRequested += OnSearchPaneSuggestionsRequested; // … void OnSearchPaneSuggestionsRequested(object sender, SearchPaneSuggestionsRequestedEventArgs args) { args.Request.SearchSuggestionCollection.AppendQuerySuggestions( (from t in App.ViewModel.ConferenceInfos where t.Name.StartsWith(args.QueryText, StringComparison.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase) select t.Name).Take(5)); } Well, the student asked, what if you need to do a search that requires a web service call, or some other asynchronous call? Can that be done? And what if the call takes a while, and…

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A Salute to the Falafel Rock Stars

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Every year, October kicks off a very busy season at Falafel : “Conference Season”. Multiple members of the team travel across the country and around world to share their expertise on a number of technologies. All Falafel Software team members spend their days, and often their nights, helping design and build cutting edge solutions for our customers. Their technical presentations draw from these real world experiences and are assembled, practiced, and presented in what little spare time they have. That’s why we call them “Rock Stars”. This weekend at Silicon Valley Code Camp, Falafel’s entire team from around the world…

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Windows 8 Unleashed – Mountain View

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John Waters is at it again. The Falafel Software President and CTO has been spreading the Windows 8 love all over the country. This Saturday you can catch him teaching the Windows 8 Unleashed event at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, California. Windows 8 Unleashed is a free event and a great opportunity for experienced .NET developers and novices alike. You’ll listen. You’ll learn. You’ll build….and you might even win some money in the hack-a-thon. To learn more and register, visit : http://win8unleasheddojo.eventbrite.com/

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