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Posted on May 04, 2017 by

Organizing Angular Packages, ES2015 Barrels, and Ahead-of-Time Compilation for Speed / Compactness

Learn how you might organize your package structure in Angular applications for simple ES2015 imports using barrels, and the difference between JIT and AOT compilation in terms of size and speed.

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Posted on May 03, 2017 by

How to Fake Alexa Notifications

It's a known limitation that a custom Alexa skill cannot perform notifications. That is, Alexa can only speak when first spoken to, and cannot spontaneously alert you that you have an appointment coming up or whatever. There's a simple way to fake it, though, if you're using an Echo device and you have a spare […]

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Posted on May 03, 2017 by

Alexa, her Node SDK, and Firebase

When I first looked at Firebase, I thought it was garbage. (Sorry, I ran out of sugarcoating this morning.) But things changed when we came across an app that was a much better fit for it. That app was an Amazon Alexa skill, which needed to control content in a browser showing full-screen on a […]

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Posted on Apr 06, 2017 by

How to use Angular Services and RxJS to create a Synthesizer Library

Learn how to use observables to connect a web audio API to source content from sources like MIDI using RxJS and Angular. Part one of a two-part series.

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Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by

Integrating Angular 2 with Spring Boot, JWT, and CORS, Part 2

Part 2 of Rich Freedman's tutorial on getting an Angular (nee Angular 2) application to communicate with a secured Spring Boot backend including code samples and approaches.

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Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by

Firebase: The Good, the Bad, and the… Good Again?

First Contact We were building a small proof of concept for a mobile app, when one of the stakeholders requested that we evaluate Firebase for it. It was my first exposure to Firebase, which looks like it was a cloud database that grew to include authentication, notifications, and other features. On the face of it, […]

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Posted on Mar 22, 2017 by

Angular updates – ng-conf 2017, new seed, cli updates, guides, Angular 4? and more…

It's been a while since I've written about Angular (2 - drop that label, now it's just Angular) as I've been consumed with teaching and developing courseware on a variety of subjects. But now I am coming up for air, just in time for ng-conf 2017. Three of us from Chariot will be there - […]

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Posted on Mar 14, 2017 by

Tour the Chariot Solutions booth at South by Southwest 2017

Chariot Solutions is showing off IoT and mobile solutions at our booth at South by Southwest 2017. Here is a short video of Ken Rimple giving a quick guided tour. Some of the solutions we're showing include: TorqueByte - a methanol/water injection device that we've helped update with a bluetooth wireless system and iPod monitoring […]

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Posted on Mar 13, 2017 by

Android Vector Graphics

I, like most developers, tend to rush into playing around with new technology. What I mean is you get excited when hearing or reading about something new then jump into the deep-end of the pool and while in mid-air throwing your towel to your chair. That’s what happened to me with VectorDrawable. I heard about […]

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Posted on Feb 28, 2017 by

Integrating Angular 2 with Spring Boot, JWT, and CORS, Part 1

Rich Freedman's tutorial on getting an Angular (nee Angular 2) application to communicate with a secured Spring Boot backend including code samples and approaches.

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