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Development progress update 23-06-2015

By John Sirach on
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Hi all! It has been a while since the last development progress update and it is about time there i one again. A lot has happened the last couple of months within my personal life (like my daughter born), attend conferences, etc, etc. I will not bore you with this stuff as this is a development update. But, it has caused some delays.

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Baby girl born, our road to expansion

By John Sirach on
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As most of you already know i have become a very proud father of a new baby girl within 4 weeks! Well, not in four weeks off course, we just found it out 4 weeks ago! And yes, it was quite a road to take.

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Scenes added to the server

By John Sirach on
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There has been a lot of silence lately on the blog posts, but this does not mean we are at a stand still. The opposite is true! We are working hard to a lot of things and one of the biggest things that has happened is that we have split up our project in a large amount of smaller projects which makes it easier for us to build dependencies on and distinguish purposes. We are also adding more stability and even geo-fencing and are working hard on a new phone client.

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Logo design contest

By John Sirach on
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Everything around us is evolving, this means we can't stay behind. As our platform is beginning to grow and functionalities are added on almost a weekly base we have started to think about our designs.

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Replacing the Android phone client utilizing JavaFXPorts

By John Sirach on
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I have to admit, the current Android phone client is my first serious piece of software written for Android. And with a lot of first attempts, it fails to deliver. So does the current client. Because of this i have decided to replace the current client with a completely from scratch written new client.

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Our JavaFX future and a simple photo frame client for the Raspberry Pi

By John Sirach on
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A lot has happened recently regarding JavaFX for arm based devices. Oracle has redrawn their support (their VM) for JavaFX on these devices. Which is quite a shame as it has been pushed a lot to be the next gen user interface to be used with some really impressive demo's running on a Raspberry Pi. Off course the Raspberry Pi has been known as resource limited device, but even though, JavaFX utilized the hardware capabilities in such a way it was possible to push it to the limits. And with now the Raspberry Pi 2 hitting the shelf it would only get better. I understand the ARM drop because of the wide spread and almost impossible to follow platforms, but, if you are pushing so much on internet of things, future technologies etc.. you are missing your own point. With now the Raspberry Pi has been solved over 5 million times, you will get the point.

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Back from the holidays, added a forum and upcoming

By John Sirach on
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Today got back from a small holiday leave which really was needed.I hope you all had some nice weeks with last years Christmas and had a safe and good New Years eve! So i'm busy getting settled again and catching up with emails and requests, give me a day or two to be completely up to date again. Let's start with some news.

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New Device discovery system

By John Sirach on
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Hi all, it has been a while since we did a development progress update. In this post i will be explaining one thing that has been added/changed in the server. I have changed the way devices are discovered and shown to the user.

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Busy adding RFXCom support

By John Sirach on
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Currently we are busy implementing support for devices which are supported by the RFXCom RFXtrx433E USB 433.92Mhz transceiver. By creating support for this device we start with supporting a wide range of existing devices from KlikAanKlikUit, LightwaveRF to Oregon Scientific Weather station sensors and X10 protocol based devices.

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PiDome winner of a Dukes Choice Award

By John Sirach on
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We are extremely proud that Open source project PiDome Domotica/Home Automation has won a Duke's Choice award which where given out September 28th at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, California. JavaOne is the major and most important conference for the Java community. And the Duke's Choice Award is seen as the most important price that can be given to Java developers. You can refer to it as like the other winner 'Apache™ TomEE™' describes it: "The Duke's Choice Award, the Java community equivalent of winning an Oscar, is awarded for compelling use of Java Technology."

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MQTT Broker added to PiDome Server

By John Sirach on
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As said in earlier posts a lot is happening the last weeks, and one of these thing is MQTT. MQTT is currently quite heavy used in the Internet Of things where it interchanges data between devices and servers/other devices. As of this moment this MQTT Broker, as the server is called, has been implemented as a plugin and is enabled by default. So if you do not need it disable it so it is not using resources.

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Development progress update (06-09-2014 alpha build 344)

By John Sirach on
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The last couple of weeks, and especially last week, was for us a quite exciting week. Not only because of important internal changes, but also the announcement of the MySensors.org support, from which i admit, has a very rough start from our side for which apologies would be required. It now looks it has become quite a stable support and some final changes are being made (possible if reading this another day already done). So, what has been happening the last few weeks:

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Updating device XML definitions, and new native protocol support announcement

By John Sirach on
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While we get closer and closer to version 0.1 one of the open tasks is to finalize the drivers api's. Currently i'm working on finalizing the xml definitions of the devices. Because the xml's are a little legacy like when Pidome was no more then a bunch of spawning/forked PHP daemons the current does not have the requirements to be common enough for devices of multiple kinds. So the XML setup is being overhauled and straightened out. In this post i will explain a little bit about the upcomming rev 2 of the xml device specification.

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Philips Hue added to devices support and added new plugin type

By John Sirach on
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A couple of days ago some first tests where done with adding Philips Hue support to the server. This caused some extra coding which was the reason it took a little longer then expected.

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Update: Development progress update and API explanations

By John Sirach on
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Today I decided to post a development progress update. In this update i will briefly talk about the API, some internal and outside changes and additions.

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