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JavaFX 8: Introduction by Example

By John Sirach on
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This blog post is a book review which helped me a lot with development

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Version 0.1 finally on its way, some updates and extra client announcement!

By John Sirach on
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It has been a while ago where there was an announcement we would going to finalize the list of tasks and enhancements which would go into version 0.1 of PiDome. We finally reached the stage where we can say. It now is the time to do so.

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PiDome interaction with XBMC 13 and other devices

By John Sirach on
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Today we created a little clip showing the server interacting with XBMC 13 and other devices added to the server. Below is the clip and below the clip the explanation of what we have done.

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Platform change announcement and update

By John Sirach on
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This post is a mix between an announcement and an update.

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Some previous announced client changes in a video

By John Sirach on
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Some time ago I've announced a couple of changes which would be done in the client. Some of you maybe already have seen it because it was uploaded a week ago, but i was thinking that the changes and addition are worth a mention on the website. This clip was created when i was a little short in time, so it ain't as good as i wanted to be, and it also was a little test to use a new screen capture application. The clip shows the next changes and additions

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Added SSL/TLS and how the server and JavaFX client interact

By John Sirach on
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Well, at the time of writing, SSL, or better said, TLSv1.2 has been added to the server and the JavaFX client and are available for download. This means the communication between the client and the server is now encrypted and is the default connection choice from now on. But as with all encrypted connections made, you need a certificate which tells you you are connecting with the correct resource. Currently, this is with self signed and boot generated certificates.

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Thinking towards a feature freeze (Even raw USB-HID is ready, but hence not visible), so what do you want to have frozen?

By John Sirach on
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It is time to go work towards a feature freeze and work towards version 0.1 for the server as for the client. But as with every feature freeze announcement there should also be a list of features you can expect when frozen. So here a little explanation, and, what do you expect or want?

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Upcomming client changes

By John Sirach on
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With the addition of utility measurements in the server there will also be additions made in the client to reflect these measurements. Not only are these added, we also change some other stuff and make some other additions. In this post i want to show the additions and changes which are made. I hope to have these changes rounded up and uploaded by Monday evening (21:00 GMT+1) or otherwise Tuesday evening the day after (My son has a lot of soccer stuff going on this weekend).

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Development progress update (Utility measuring)

By John Sirach on
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Marcel did not had a lot of time the last couple of months which put a little hold on device development. Two weeks ago we finally sat together again and where thinking about quick and dirty devices to develop. We got a couple of ideas like specific simple devices like light intensity measurements, temperature readings, and last but not least, utility usage measuring. He decided to firstly go for the utility measurement, and thinking this was a very good idea, i followed this idea.

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Web interface overhaul is done (including a change log)

By John Sirach on
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Finally, i have completely replaced the old web interface with a new one. This was quite a lot of work because i did not only replaced current functionalities but while I was replacing stuff, a lot of new functionalities have been added and some nasty little beasts have been squashed. A very imporant notice is that the new interface is focused on HTML 5 and CSS 3. This means that older browsers are not supported (as the old interface did not support new browsers).

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How the trigger system works

By John Sirach on
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Hi all, This will be a quick post about the trigger system introduced in the new web interface. The old interface already had a trigger system but this was restricted to when device this has that value do a device command. There was also no easy way to follow the rule steps.

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Web interface overhaul progress update

By John Sirach on
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Hi all, I thought it was time to post a little web interface overhaul update. It is not going as fast as i hoped it would go, but some personal things got in the way and of course i have a family to take care of. The changes being made are a bit more extensive then only the web design overhaul. This big change graphical change also caused some other stuff to change within the server code, add more RPC methods so others can also completely control the server with their own interface (if there is a need for it).

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Development progress update

By John Sirach on
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Hi all, welcome to this quick progress update post. As in an earlier post (Upcoming updates/changes in the server and client) i have posted some trivial and critical changes to be made to the server and client. Below is a list of things that have changed/modified or added

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PiDome Relay board

By Marcel Wiebenga on
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Hi, It's been a while since I had my last posting here. I've been very busy with my work and other stuff. I will try to get more postings and hardware added to the system in the near future. This is just a small posting as what this board is about and an in-depth description of the technical stuff will be added soon.

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Added media support to the server and client (XBMC)

By John Sirach on
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We have added the first basic media control functionalities to the server and the client. This also means the first plugin to be supported has also been added and is XBMC version 12.3 (Frodo release). While developing the media controls we took XBMC as base for the media plugin support. Which means you can browse through XBMC, play and pause movies and audio, and control the volume. There is also playlist support limited to the now playing data.

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