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Mike Branstein

Developer and leader. Passionate about systems architecture, domain driven design, application lifecycle management, and technology.
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How to Hide the iOS status bar in a NativeScript app

                                     

I’ve been working on an app to monitor the weather at a farm recently, and I wanted to hide the iOS status bar because it looks like it’s in the way. 

This is a quick tip that I always have to lookup, so I decided to put it here so I’d always know where to look.

Why Build Apps in the Cloud?

Application development is tough.  CIO.com reported the typical development time for an iOS app to be 12 weeks, and that does not include the time needed to research, plan, or develop the scope properly.  Nor does it factor in development time for “other” necessary mobile or desktop environments. 

Suffice it to say, the complexity of the business requirement is proportional to the development time and resources needed to complete the project.  Therefore, it is incumbent for companies to gain efficiencies from all available avenues in order to “go to market” within the window of profitability the business case requires. 

Developing your app in the cloud can provide these efficiencies.

5 Reasons Why Azure PaaS Matters

What is PaaS?

Platform as a service (PaaS) is a complete development and deployment ecosystem for the cloud.  

PaaS hides the complexity and need to manage the underlying infrastructure.  With PaaS, businesses can avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing the disparate software licenses and the underlying application infrastructure and simply manage the applications and services they develop.

For example, PaaS services on Azure include:

  • Web servers
  • File storage
  • Message queues and service buses
  • Machine learning services
  • Big data services

Enabling IoT Remote Server in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell

This post is the eighth in a series describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi. To recap, KiZAN has a lab of 26 Raspberry Pi 2 boards running Windows 10 IoT Core. On a regular basis, we need to re-flash, provision and configure the boards. When we perform the re-flash and provisioning process, it is manual and consumes more time than we want to spend (up to 2 days). In this post, you'll learn how to enable IoT remote server in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell.

Disabling the Soft AP on Windows 10 IoT Core Using PowerShell

This post is the seventh in a series describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi. To recap, KiZAN has a lab of 26 Raspberry Pi 2 boards running Windows 10 IoT Core. On a regular basis, we need to re-flash, provision and configure the boards. When we perform the re-flash and provisioning process, it is manual and consumes more time than we want to spend (up to 2 days). In this post, you'll learn how to disable SoftAP in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell.

Setting the Time Zone in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell

This post is the sixth in a series describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi. To recap, KiZAN has a lab of 26 Raspberry Pi 2 boards running Windows 10 IoT Core. On a regular basis, we need to re-flash, provision and configure the boards. When we perform the re-flash and provisioning process, it is manual and consumes more time than we want to spend (up to 2 days). In this post, you'll learn how to set the time zone in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell.

Setting the Screen Resolution in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell

This post is the fifth in a series describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi. To recap, KiZAN has a lab of 26 Raspberry Pi 2 boards running Windows 10 IoT Core. On a regular basis, we need to re-flash, provision and configure the boards. When we perform the re-flash and provisioning process, it is manual and consumes more time than we want to spend (up to 2 days). In this post, you'll learn how to set the screen resolution in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell.

Disabling Windows Update in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell

This post is the fourth in a series describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT core on a Raspberry Pi. To recap, KiZAN has a lab of 26 Raspberry Pi 2 boards running Windows 10 IoT core. On a regular basis, we need to re-flash, provision and configure the boards. When we perform the re-flash and provisioning process, it is manual and consumes more time than we want to spend (up to 2 days). In this post, you'll learn how to use PowerShell for Disabling Windows Update on Windows 10 IoT Core.



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Installing Wifi Drivers in Windows 10 IoT Core with PowerShell

This post is the third in a series describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT core on a Raspberry Pi. To recap, KiZAN has a lab of 26 Raspberry Pi 2 boards running Windows 10 IoT core. On a regular basis, we need to re-flash, provision and configure the boards. When we perform the re-flash and provisioning process, it is manual and consumes more time than we want to spend (up to 2 days). In this post, you'll learn how to use PowerShell to remotely install WiFi drivers on a Windows 10 IoT core device.

Renaming a Windows 10 IoT Core Device via PowerShell

This post is the second of a series of posts describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT core on a Raspberry Pi. (Click here to read the first post)

To recap, KiZAN has a lab of 26 Raspberry Pi 2 boards running Windows 10 IoT core. On a regular basis, we need to re-flash, provision and configure the boards. When we perform the re-flash and provisioning process, it is manual and consumes more time than we want to spend (up to 2 days). In our first post, you learned how to find the IP address of a Windows 10 IoT core device after the initial flash. The second step in our automation journey is automatically renaming a device. In this post, you'll learn how to use PowerShell to rename a Windows 10 IoT Core Device after its initial flash.

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