Ionic - Using Local Notifications

When you are creating a mobile applications there are times where you need to notify users about something such as an upcoming appointment. If the application is running and the user is using it in the foreground, this is easy to accomplish. However, if the application is running in the background this can be a challenging task. You could do push notifications but that takes a decent amount of work to setup with both iOS and Android app stores. If all you need to do is alert them on their local device you can just use the cordova local notification plugin and skip the headache of setting up push notifications.

In this post we will walk you through creating an ionic application that uses the ngCordova local notification plugin.

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Running Gulp Task in Visual Studio

When I am working in an code editor such as Visual Studio, I do not want to have to have to leave the editor to run command line programs such as Gulp task. I want to be able to run the gulp task right from instead the editor. Starting with Visual Studio 2013, you could do this with the Task Runner Explorer extension. Microsoft then integrated the Task Runner Explorer into Visual Studio 2015 so you no longer have to install an extension.

In this post, we will look at how to run your Gulp task within Visual Studio and then how to integrate them into the Visual Studio build process.

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Strongloop - Fixing Security When Extending User Model

After following Raymond Camden’s Strongloop Introduction, I was ready to update the todo demo application that I have been using for the Ionic Arizona Meetup. However, I quickly ran into an issue with getting 401 Unauthorized errors when I tried to query any of the rest endpoints to get the projects associated to the user. The user model I was using extended the built-in user model so that I could add additional functionality of associating a project to a user.

After much research, it turns out that the built-in user model has security (ACL) on it to restrict everyone from being able to query the user endpoints that do not have an explictly defined security setup. This is great except for the fact that even if you add additional ACLs in your extended user model the default security has already denied the user before it gets to the security you setup.

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Installing Gulp 4.x

Gulp 4 is not released yet but if you have a need to install it here is how to do it. I will cover how to globally install it as well as how to update your package.json for your projects.

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Sync your Git Fork to the Original Repo

Syncing your forked repository to the original repository is an important step before submitting any pull request to the original repository for the changes in your forked repository. Even if you are not going to submit a pull request to the original repository, there are times that you want the additional features and/or bug fixes that have been done since you forked the original repository.

You could do a pull request but this adds an additional commit into your forked repository instead of making your forked repository match the original repository. In order to sync the forked repository without adding any additional commits as part of the process you need to configure the original repository as an upstream remote, merge in the changes from the original repository and then push the merged version back to Github.

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