Try our new interactive SkySpark Dashboard Designer tool!
10 Oct 2023
Kaiterra Cloud Connector v1.1.2

Kaiterra Cloud Ext is a SkySpark connector for ALL Kaiterra Laser Egg and SenseEdge devices.

The Kaitterra Cloud connector update includes:

  • Fixed an issue with "Personal" devices not showing in the Learn tree. Thanks to Austin Hinners from BranchPattern for bringing this to our attention.
  • Added a unit test using the ProjTest framework to test the Learn tree "for real".

Take a look at afKaiterraCloudExt

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02 Oct 2023
Software Developer Bundle Release

Our new Software Developer Bundle is all of our essential SkySpark developer tools - in one convenient licence!

Read all about it here in our Software Developer Bundle News Article.

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01 Oct 2023
New Video - Our SkySpark Dashboards

Starting off with the native displays and visualisations available, we are proud to showcase how Fantom produces a WHOLE NEW LEVEL of dashboard display screens!

  • 1. Default SkySpark Views
  • 2. SkySpark Viewbuilder
  • 3. Fantom Views
  • 4. Fantom Websites

To see these amazing dashboards take a look now on our YouTube channel:

25 Sep 2023
The Stationers' Awards 2023

Our Fantom Factory team had the absolute privilege to be finalists in the recent Innovation Excellence Awards held by the historic Stationers' Company in London.

Read all about it here in our Stationers Awards 2023 News Article. Stationers Awards Cover

23 Sep 2023
Folio File Sync v1.00 Released

Folio File Sync enables GIT and Source Code Management development processes to be used with SkySpark. Features include:

  • Sync Folio records to .trio files
  • Sync .trio files to Folio records
  • Customise directories and file naming conventions
  • Import / export settings for easy configuration
  • Ready-made Axon functions for scripting synchronisations

Find out more here! release notes on StackHub.

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21 Sep 2023
Pod Builder v1.2.12 is here!

Here are the new changes and fixes:

  • Chg: New "About Us" dialogue containing updated graphic, message and links.

See all the changes in the release notes on StackHub.

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13 Sep 2023
Pod Builder v1.2.10 is here!

Here are the new changes and fixes:

  • Chg: Allow system meta (e.g. pod.fcode) to be included in pod meta.props. Thanks to Nathan Travis of Trove Consulting for the idea.
  • Bug: Fixed file lock issue when PodBuilder was used to re-install newly built pods on Windows systems, see SkyFoundry forum for details.

Thank you to Samuel Nelson of Synergy for reporting.

See all the changes in the release notes on StackHub.

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12 Sep 2023
Our new Ratings Filter

We've had so many great reviews on our courses, that we've had to add a filter on the star ratings to show them all!

We invite all of our students and software customers to review our services for feedback which we automatically publish here on our website!

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08 Sep 2023
Fantom fix on GitHub

GitHub is a platform and cloud-based service for software development and version control using Git, allowing developers to store and manage their code.

  • Fix: We fixed a bug in the core Fantom language whereby browser dom Events in Java could not express which mouse button was clicked at the time of inception.

Have a look

03 Sep 2023
afPegger v1.1.8

Pegger is a Parsing Expression Grammar (PEG) implementation. It lets you create text parsers by building up a tree of simple matching rules.

We've updated Pegger with this:

  • New convenience methods to find(), search(), and replace().
  • More macro rules.
  • More convenience methods in result Matches
  • Now runs in Javascript!
  • Bug fixes.

For when Regular Expressions just aren't enough!

Take a look at afPegger

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20 Aug 2023
SkySpark Engineer v2.0

Our best selling course SkySpark Engineer is now bigger and better than ever - updated for SkySpark v3.1.8.

We've also listened to all of your feedback and improved several questions in the final assessment and for the Ice Drill challenge in topic 5.7!

Contact us for free trial access at any time.

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26 Jul 2023
Pod Builder v1.2.8 is here!
  • New: Pod Builder now allows concurrent users to edit different pod projects.

Thank you to Sherri Simms of ABI Advantage for the idea.

See all the changes in the release notes on StackHub.

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24 Jul 2023
afBounce v1.1.14

A headless browser for testing web sites and BedSheet applications.

  • Chg: Treat absolute localhost URLs as if they were relative.

Sometimes it's hard to avoid absolute URLs!

Take a look at afBounce

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24 Jul 2023
afFormBean v1.2.10

FormBeam renders Fantom objects as HTML forms complete with client and server side validation.

  • The bean instance passed to render() methods is now optional.

Find out more! Visit the Fantom Eggbox Pod Repository

20 Jul 2023
SkySpark extension updates

Our team updated 12 custom Fantom pods for a customer to ensure they continue to work with SkySpark 3.1.8. Ahh - relax!

18 Jul 2023
Sign up to our newsletter!

Honestly, it's taken us some sweet time to sort out our email newsletters!

We've added a new sign up feature on our website to tell us who to send our newsletters to!

Stay up to date with Fantom Factory news and events:

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13 Jul 2023
ALC connector update

Working with a familiar SkySpark client, we were happy to update their ALC connector to be compatible with the latest SkySpark 3.1.8 release.

07 Jul 2023
Fantom Factory sponsors Cardiff Space Academy

Our company was proud to sponsor a local education project - the Cardiff Space Academy

Working with Cardiff university, Cardiff High School, and Cardiff Commitment, we provided a space education eLearning course for the Space Academy students. On the final day we met the children in person to go over the course and to hand out certificates and free SWAG!

All part of our STEM Futures eLearning initiative.

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06 Jul 2023
SkySpark Analyst updates

We recently reviewed feedback from contributing students and made improvements to our SkySpark Analyst course.

Thank you everyone!

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05 Jul 2023
Silver winners at the Welsh Veterans Awards

Fantom Factory received a silver award as "Best Veteran Owned Business" for 2023 at the prestigious Welsh Veterans Awards.

This recognises the growth of our company and services as a Welsh business.

(At least since we won the bronze last year!).

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02 Jul 2023
New AFM API extension

It was our pleasure to work with Active Facility Monitoring on a new API extension they requested.

This extension is designed for whitelisted Axon functions to be called via JSON over a standard REST API.

"I am very happy with this API Pod design and it is even more rigid than I first hoped for. Eval is dead. Long live afmApiWhitelist! Thank you so much."

  • Ian Habermann, AFM
29 Jun 2023
Custom SkySpark dashboard

Working with a new client we were very pleased to deliver a new custom Fantom View for a mini responsive dashboard in SkySpark.

With our Fantom expertise, we are able to do more inside SkySpark screens than most people may be aware of!

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28 Jun 2023
SONICX Dashboard v.2.0 released

Working with Synergy Consulting Engineers we were very proud to release version 2 of their SONICx Dashboard. (Synergy's Ongoing Intelligent Commissioning)

SONICx is a powerful and rich facility performance dashboard for operational data.

Our client was very happy with the results!

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27 Jun 2023
SkySpark extension updates

On the back of the new SkySpark v3.1.7. release we were very happy to update and test 12 custom extensions we provide for a valued client.

26 Jun 2023
SkySpark Viewbuilder update

Fixed a typographical error in our SkySpark Viewbuilder course.

Thanks to Jayson Andres for highlighting this.

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22 Jun 2023
Blast Off to the Alpha Colony!

Space Education for the Next-Generation

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We've taken our amazing new space education - "Destination Mars!" and designed a shorter version for the younger audience. All completely FREE!

We hope that Blast Off! will inspire schoolchildren around the UK to start learning about the growing space industry and the global efforts towards actually colonising Mars.

(Yes it's really happening!)

Blast Off! now and take a look

21 Jun 2023
STEM Futures website remodel

We've launched STEM Futures as a STEM and space education initiative for the school age audience. Our next-generation platform is just perfect for, well, the "next-generation"!

In fact, STEM Futures is supporting the UK Space Tour and the Space Academy Cardiff programme.

All thanks to our specially designed space education courses: "Blast Off!" and "Destination Mars!".

Visit STEM Futures UK

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20 Jun 2023
A new Alpha Colony look revealed!

Our eLearning story universe, the Alpha Colony is getting an upgrade!

It's all part of our efforts to bring next-generation eLearning to a wider audience.

Watch this space!

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14 Jun 2023
afPlastic v1.1.8

Plastic is a library for dynamically generating and compiling Fantom code.

Here is what we did in this update:

  • Removed dependency on BeanUtils
  • Added toStr() methods to model classes

Have a look! Visit the Fantom Eggbox Pod Repository

25 May 2023
EasyConn v1.0.0 is now released!

EasyConn provides a framework for creating your own SkySpark Connectors from Axon functions.

  • Thanks to Healthy Workers for helping us to develop this.

Visit EasyConn on StackHub

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23 May 2023
Efan 2.0.6

A library for rendering Embedded Fantom (efan) templates.

This update includes two key features:

  • The dependency on afConcurrent has been removed - which (neatly) accommodates AFX Fass macros!
  • Added a system hook that lets Efan Errs be converted to custom Errs (added for AFX).

Have a look! Visit the Fantom Eggbox Pod Repository

12 May 2023
HttpClient v2.1.14 released

HTTP Client now handles the case where multiple Set-Cookie headers are returned in a single HTTP response.

  • Thanks to Altura Associates for bringing this to our attention.

Visit HTTP Client on StackHub

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10 May 2023
Custom SkySpark dashboards

Working for a new client we were very pleased to deliver a (proof of concept) for a new dashboard in the SkySpark application.

This design was submitted to us for a data centre to monitor power use.

Our client was very happy and is keen to progress this further!

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01 May 2023
PodBuilder v1.2.6 released

Added new Filter box to the Folio View, to help find wanted records.

  • Thank you to Florin Hebean of BAM Energy Systems for suggesting the idea.

Added multiLineCipher and encryptComp options to the Axon Encrytor dialogue.

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21 Apr 2023
We've updated our website terms and conditions.

We've made huge efforts to ensure all of our website policies are up to date and accurate. We're sure noone particularly enjoys reading them, but they can be incredibly important all the same.

In the footer of our website you can find links to our new policies for:

  • Terms and conditions
  • Privacy policy
  • Cookie policy
19 Apr 2023
EasyConn is coming soon!

EasyConn is our idea for a kind of universal connector template - for SkySpark.

It provides the required "Fantom wrapper" for your bespoke connector and enables you to fill out the Axon bits for the authentication you need.

The result is a streamlined, simplier, yet enhanced platform, designed for next-level enterpise applications.

EasyConn is now in beta testing, so watch this space for more news coming soon!

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03 Apr 2023
Why we champion Project Haystack

We consider ourselves community champions for Project Haystack.

But WHY? - we hear you ask!

Well, our new video explains all! Watch it now on our YouTube channel:

31 Mar 2023
Fantom Factory is Cyber Certified

Fantom Factory is now certified in the Cyber Essentials scheme - as recognised by the UK Government as a business standard for Cyber awareness.

Read more in this news article link

27 Mar 2023
Winner of the Corporate LiveWire Awards 2023

Fantom Factory is the proud winner of the 2023 award for:

Technology Training Consultants of the Year!

Hooray! We are thrilled our team has been recognised for another year of hard work!

Read all the details in our news article here:

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20 Mar 2023
AFX development

We have completed the first round of development on our new eXtreme Application Platform, AFX!

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AFX takes concepts from our existing open source libraries, optimises them, and re-imagines them as a unified whole.

AFX is set to power our upcoming CyberStar eLearning Platform - which we hope to release very soon.

The following table lists the core AFX components, and the libraries they have been built from:

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The result is a streamlined, simpler, yet enhanced platform, designed for next-level enterprise applications. (Watch this space!)

16 Mar 2023
Starting out with SkySpark

We've released a fun new video for anyone new to SkySpark to find out how to "get started"!

Learn about the overall concepts of using SkySpark and follow our very own engineer, Chuck, as he sets out to start using it for the very first time.

We hope this will help businesses to understand more about required skills and training this technology stack needs.

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06 Mar 2023
2023 Finalist for Contribution to Training Award

We're proud to be finalist in the UK Building Controls Industry Association 2023 awards for our Contribution to Training.

The judges will consider our success with Haystack Essentials alongside applications from other industry heavyweight organisations and we'll find out on 4th May.

Cross your fingers for us!

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24 Feb 2023
Custom SkySpark development

During a collaborative project, a client tasked us with solving a SkySpark issue with a control loop instability. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how we tackled it:

  • We changed a rule to run only when specific fans are running
  • We ruled out false positives by making sure a damper position cannot return a value less than an associated set minimum.
  • Added checks for the status of a fan to determine whether or not to create a Spark.
  • Fixed existing unfinished tests and added new tests for minVal damper point and fan running checks.
  • Deployed new rules and fixed some incorrect targeting.

Plenty of testing confirmed we'd resolved the issue and we succeeded in making our client very happy!

12 Feb 2023
Fantom Pull #16

Submitted Pull-Requests to the official Fantom-Lang GitHub repo to stub out the native Java Peer classes in the core "dom" pod.

This allows AFX to supply its own server / Java version of the "dom" pod to enable full, round-trip client-server-client style unit testing for Fantom web applications.

An industry first!

11 Feb 2023
Sizzle 1.0.6

A library for querying XML documents by means of CSS 2.1 selectors.

Sizzle Documents may now be updated to reflect changes in the underlying XML / DOM document, and query results may also be filtered to constrain elements to a given parent.

Try it for yourself! Visit the Fantom Eggbox Pod Repository

25 Jan 2023
Destination Mars!

The story is now complete!

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You may have noticed our storytelling was a little, well, "lacking" in our new course.

Thankfully, our in-house illustrator Morgan has now saved the day and we have released the final touches to our dramatic Destination Mars comic-style story!

Try it out (again) - it's completely free after all!

How to access Destination Mars!

24 Dec 2022
Destination Mars!

We are celebrating a new exciting eLearning release - Destination Mars!

And even better - it's absolutely FREE!

As STEM UK and International Mars Society ambassadors we are proud to release this public education to help raise awareness of space exploration and colonisation efforts on the planet Mars.

We hope to inspire more people to get involved with digital skills and roles which can be applied to exciting space careers or even to existing industries involving, say, environmental technologies and Smart Buildings perhaps!

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21 Dec 2022
Fantom Factory - 2022 What a Year!

Thank you everybody for another fantastic year for Fantom Factory!

We've summarised all the amazing things you have helped us to achieve in 2022 in this quick video - available on YouTube:

15 Dec 2022
SkySpark Engineer updates

We finally got round to updating the SkySpark Engineer eLearning courses with over 20 tweaks and suggested improvements we've had from student reviews.

Thanks everyone!

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14 Dec 2022
Fantom Factory - A Christmas Special

We're celebrating the holidays with a unique video - our Fantom Factory Christmas Special!

Take a look behind the scenes of how we make tutorial and training videos at Fantom Factory! The struggle is real!

Available on YouTube:

06 Dec 2022
HTTP Client Ext 2.1.12

This release sees a small fix for non-English browser locales:

  • Bug: Fixed HTTP "Quality Value" parsing error that could affect browsers with non-English locales.

Visit HTTP Client on StackHub

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05 Dec 2022
Axon Encryptor v2.0.6

We've added vital support for Axon components!

  • New: Axon Encryptor now encrypts Axon Components and rules.
  • New: Added encryptComps option to cmd-line, Fantom Task, and UI settings to disable the new Axon Component encrypting feature.

Read our release notes on StackHub.

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02 Dec 2022
Eggbox 0.2.2

We've made some changes to how the Eggbox (Fantom pod repository) website parses Fantom and Fandoc.

Browse our Eggbox documentation - ON EGGBOX!

02 Dec 2022
BedSheet 1.5.18

BedSheet is our platform for delivering web applications written in Fantom. It provides a rich middleware mechanism for the routing and delivery of content over HTTP.

This latest version includes a round of updates such as:

  • New: HttpStatus.toErr() to replace HttpStatus.makeErr().
  • Chg: The filename directive the Content-Disposition HTTP header as set by HttpResponse.saveAsAttachment() is now quoted. This fixes an issue in new versions of FireFox.

(Thanks to Sean Rosin of Bernhard for reporting.)

Find out more in the full documentation

01 Dec 2022
Arcadia Toolkit Functions

We've updated our toolkit inline with the latest Project Haystack tagging methodology to include new data tags into our Arcadia training data.

  • haystackWriteLevel is now a tag on our (Drill Depth SP)
  • a pointWrite endpoint

For more information on the toolkit see our March 2022 article

28 Nov 2022
HTTP Client Ext 2.1.10

We have enhanced this new version of Http Client Ext with several changes, including a rework of the HTTP/1.1 Keep-Alive functionality.

  • Bug: Fixed a UTF-8 sizing bug with high-end Unicode characters

See the documentation for details.

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28 Nov 2022

Improvements to our online shop pages.

We fixed up some broken links to our online course page for our free course:

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