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CAT Terminal on film

The council that recently purchased our CAT kiosk made a short movie for their local tv station, if you are interested in seeing the CAT in action

Click here

The CAT piece is 1 minute 29 seconds into the movie.

Posted 31/03/2011 noreply@blogger.com (Andy Clymer)

CAT Terminal

Following up from my recent post on our CAT kiosk deployment.

Here is a link to the councils own article

Posted 22/03/2011 noreply@blogger.com (Andy Clymer)

Customer Access Terminal (CAT)

Yesterday was a big day for Rich and myself we successfully deployed our CAT software to our first customer in conjunction with our video conferencing partner First Connections.  The software allows members of the public to interact with their local council almost as if they are with them in person.  Allowing members of the public to access services from rural locations.

The kiosk utilises two screens, one being a touch screen.  The touch screen is used to visit specific council web sites, or to start a video call with a member from one of the council help desk team.  Once in a video call the council representative can help complete specific council forms including taking passport style photos with the built in HD camera and customers signatures using a high resolution LCD signature pad.

All built using .NET 4 and Windows Embedded.


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Posted 12/03/2011 noreply@blogger.com (Andy Clymer)

Concurrent Data Structures screen cast

Must be screen cast Thursday, another screen cast posted to RSK on Concurrent Data Structures in .NET 4

RSK screen casts

Posted 10/03/2011 noreply@blogger.com (Andy Clymer)

async and await screencast

Just uploaded a new screencast on async and await keywords due to be introduced in C# 5.

Rock Solid Knowledge Screencasts

Posted 10/03/2011 noreply@blogger.com (Andy Clymer)

TPL Dataflow

One parallel pattern that required some work with base .NET 4 was parallel pipe lines.  The CTP release of the Parallel Dataflow extensions, makes this trivial now.  I’m intending to do a screencast really soon to show this action, but in the mean time try it out for yourself you can download it from here

Posted 11/02/2011 noreply@blogger.com (Andy Clymer)

Coding Challenge,an alternative to regular class room training


What do most engineers want to do, “Build Things”. Regular training classes are good at introducing new technology, but what if you want to take it further; to stretch and motivate your senior developers. This was the requirement that our major investment bank client presented to Rock Solid Knowledge the co-developed solution was to produce a Coding Challenge…

The Training Day One

The first day was spent with a deep dive into Silverlight; all teams had prior knowledge of WPF. The focus of the day was to effectively demonstrate the differences and similarities of the two technologies, giving the teams the ability to deliver a high quality Silverlight solution to match the code challenge requirements document.

The Challenge Day Two

The three person teams, of senior developers, spent the next 24 hours straight building a working product to the supplied specification. Not only did this test their ability to apply the new technology but demonstrated who ships and who doesn’t. Failing to organise is clearly highlighted when you only have a short period of time to deliver.

The Assessment Day Three

After working nearly flat out for 24 hours the teams submitted their solutions to be assessed by Rock Solid Knowledge. Initial marks were given, with each team then given a technical grilling on their solution to provide feedback on what was good and bad.

The Winner

The winning team all received iPads, a satisfactory reward for all their hard efforts and our client introduced a new technology in a vibrant and compelling way.

If this has wetted your appetite a more detailed write up can be downloaded from here or if you would just simply like to know how we could bring this experience to your company contact us by clicking here

Posted 09/02/2011 noreply@blogger.com (Andy Clymer)

No more free Reflector

Red Gate have announced that from the next release in March no more free versions of Reflector.


Posted 03/02/2011 noreply@blogger.com (Andy Clymer)