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Gumstix gets 1Gb flash support

Many of you know I am the author of a Windows Embedded Compact Board Support Package (BSP) for the Beaglebone development board. This is an open source project hosted on Codeplex at http://beaglebonebsp.codeplex.com/. I also have a sister project targeting the Gumstix COM modules. I have made a recent change to its BSP to support 1GB Flash memory which is now included on newly purchased Gumstix OVERO modules. I have several video posted. See https://gumstixbsp.codeplex.com/

Universal Windows 10: Screen Scraping an HTML Table into a List

Screen Scraping tools have been around for some time.  These enable an app to download HTML source and extract specific entities from an HTML page.  Given that an HTML table IS structured data it shouldn’t be hard to programmatically extract a table. It could be done with Linq queries to teh page text. This blog uses the HTMLAgilityPack’s HtmlDocument  in a Universal Windows app to extract an HTML table directly into a list of  a matching class.

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Universal Windows 10 SDK: Adding GPS to the Camera Sample

Its not too hard to add GPS capability to the Universal Windows SDK Camera sample so that captured images can have GPS information embedded in them.  Here’s how.

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Universal Windows 10 SDK: Adding Flash to the Camera Sample

Its not too hard to add flash capability to the Universal Windows SDK Camera sample.  Here’s how.

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Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 is now available

For those who have missed this, its at https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/vs2015-update2-vs.aspx

 

I think that these two improvements are gems:

  • Universal Windows SDK Version Picker. When creating a new UWP project, you can now select the version of the Windows SDK to target as well as the minimum OS version on which the apps are to be available.
  • Debugging C++ Background Task in Universal Windows Apps. You can now debug Background task processes in a Universal Windows app in Visual Studio. You can access this option on the project Properties Debug tab.

 

PS: Has anyone tried Compact 2013 Platform Builder and App Development with this release.  Have they made it through unscathed?

I’ll try Iot-Core tomorrow.

Win 10 Phone: Universal Windows Apps Sideloading - Winappdeploycmd: (Further Updated)

In a previous blog I dicussed discussed in detail deployment of an app to a Windows 10 Phone.  One of the options, Sideloading required the winappdeploycmd tool that is installed with the Windows 10 SDK.  I suggested that maybe you could just install winappdeploycmd as its .msi installing is a separate entity in the SDK installation files.  I now have tested this.

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Universal Windows Windows App: Create A Project Test Certificate

Visual Studio automatically creates a Test Certificate when the project is created. But in moving the code around, especially to and from a repository you might need to create a new one. Also, the default certificate that Visual Studio generates expires one year after the date on which the certificate was created. Before the certificate expires, you must use the App Manifest Designer to either regenerate the certificate or to create a new one. Without this you can’t create an AppX package for app installation. Here’s how to create a Test Certificate.

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Unlocking a Windows Phone

I purchased some Windows 10 Phones for business use where they are to run a custom UWP business app.  Being about $100 they are quite economic but they were locked to local Telco, Optus (Australia). The Telco would give you the unlock key for $90 but I found an online site that could do it for about $20.

 

The key take home is that the instructions for implementing it as per the Telco and as per the source of the key I used, did not work for me but there is a simple method that worked for me that others had used with AT&T:

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Tracking cat's activity with Azure Mobile services

Following a cat's activity is not an easy task, Azure Mobile Services makes it possible with the help of a dedicated intelligent IoT system and REST appications.

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Yet another GEM: Universal Windows (10) App Settings – Solution

Universal Windows(10) Apps settings is easy. Its simple to specify as part of the build, save them to storage, get them back and modify .. I mean dead easy! Smile

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