Find out what we do all day!
We take our role as technical communicators very seriously and this includes how we use our marketing website as well as eLearning! Our team decided we can do better with our message and our services - so we're working on it right now!
Take a look and let us know what you think!
We were happy to help a returning customer with their SkySpark data.
In a shared collaborative project with a New York energy company, we used our software development expertise and dedicated strategy to testing, to make it easy to deliver and deploy a suite of custom SkySpark Rules.
We are very happy to announce our new business affiliation with the ISTC!
The ISTC is the largest UK body representing information development professionals. It promotes better scientific and technical communication by:
- Encouraging professional development
- Sharing best practices and standards
- Providing research resources
- Providing networking opportunities for its members and industry affiliates
- Promoting technical communication as a profession
- Continuing professional development (CPD)
Keep your fingers crossed as we enter this year's UK Technical Communication Awards.
We updated our Home page content to add the new promotional video about our storytelling approach.
Look for our Mars 2052 video!
Watch our exciting video on the Fantom Factory YouTube channel and learn WHY we're considered such innovative and engaging storytellers!
We revised our Software Services page to help showcase how we can best help you.
Added new section to documentation, "How to... use custom icons" - Thank you to Samuel Nelson for the idea.
SkySpark Analyst is now bigger and better than ever thanks to the recent updates to bring this up to SkySpark version 3.1.4.
Our hosted SkySpark instance for students to use real training data is also using this latest version.
And even more news! This eLearning now has its own JOURNAL for long term access to training materials!
Don't you just hate it when you click on a link and it automatically downloads a file to your computer? Hands up if your Downloads folder is massively overloaded and horrible to search through!?
We appreciate that our students REALLY want to share their shiny new training certificates.
So, to make life easier, we've implemented an option to EMAIL certificates to any chosen address! (Now there is no need to go looking in those dark places!)
Our new account activation page now helps to explain how our platform uses gamification and immersive story scenarios for enjoyable training and long term memory retention.
Eggbox is now updated, released, and live and is now using the latest Fantom Factory Mongo drivers.
This replaces legacy Map Reduce algorithms with speedy Aggregation queries to make the whole repository website snappy and responsive.
Try it for yourself! Visit the Fantom Eggbox Pod Repository
Announcing the release of our brand new Kaiterra Cloud Extension!
Connect any Kaiterra device to your SkySpark instance easily through the power of the Kaiterra cloud.
Our SkySpark extension is officially endorsed by Kaiterra and is available on Stackhub now. You can even try it for free with the official Kaiterra test device data!
See the documentation for details.
New version 2.1.8. release of Http Client Ext (our bespoke implementation of the HTTP protocol for SkySpark v3.1.x.)
- Bug: Fixed an issue with HTTP Cookie path matching. Sticky Cookies may not have been set / re-sent when they should have.
See the documentation for details.
Announcing the new hCaptcha Fantom library!
Want to protect your web application from harmful bots and spiders? But want to support charities instead of a faceless, corporate empire?
Then hCaptcha is for you!
This new Fantom library from Fantom Factory helps integrate the hCaptcha API into your BedSheet web application.
See the documentation for details.
The new v2.0 Object Mapping library for MongoDB is here!
Morphia is an extension to the Mongo library that maps Fantom objects and their fields to and from MongoDB collections and BSON documents.
Based on the popular Fantom Factory JSON library, this major update increases performance and shuns IoC to make Fantom to Mongo Object mapping accessible to all.
Find all the details in the official release notes.
The new v2.0 Fantom driver for MongoDB is here!
- Developed against the MongoDB Stable API v1 (introduced in MongoDB 5.2+)
- Compatible with Amazon DocumentDB
- Compatible with MongoDB 3.6+
- Support for Replica Set connection URLs
- Easy to use Query DSL
- Pooled Connection Manager for multi-threaded use and automatic connection failover
- Pluggable authentication with a default SCRAM-SHA-1 over SASL implementation
- Re-written for compatibility, simplicity, and performance.
Read the release notes here to find out more.
A complete re-write of the Binary JSON library that is the cornerstone of the Mongo database.
The BSON library provides datatypes, pretty printing, and low level serialisation for communicating binary data with Mongo databases.
The re-write provides highly optimised reads and writes of BSON documents.
See BSON on Eggbox for more details.
A new achievements page which details the student progress and awards for each course.
This new feature now enables the downloading and printing of certificates in different sizes and automatically generates a public URL to link awards to social media platforms - like a LinkedIN profile. Read more about it in this article.
We also changed the styling in the Dashboard area to make it easy to find the new achievements area!
Updated this Fantom driver for MongoDB to be compatible with the latest Fantom version (1.0.77).
The main improvement is an optimised connection pool for heavy loads.
Lots of minor updates included, paving the way for a potential major "rewrite" coming very soon!
Read the release notes for all of the details.
We created a new website page to showcase all the amazing reasons why anyone should choose (and trust) us!
query authentication mechanisms for setting custom values as HTTP headers, URL query parameters, and path segments.
Thanks go to BAM Energy Systems for sponsoring these new authentication mechanisms.
Other new functionality includes a new
camelCase option for normalising header names.
Read the release notes for more info!
The functionality around how certificates are awarded has been reworked so we may also automatically provide a Certificate of Attendance!
This enables students to claim credits towards professional development purely for completing our training content. Read more about our certification here.
Fixed when an absent title caused an error when generating documentation with the SkySpark docgen pod.
Thanks to Group14 and Altura Associates for reporting.
New Dashboard image for the user home page in our Mars training platform (Mars theme only), complete with a parallax scrolling, rotating carousel of clouds and stars.
We were very happy to successfully complete work on a new and optimised SkySpark extension for a returning client that connects to Chargepoint REST API services via SOAP.
This required us to research and build our own SOAP / XSD libraries - in Fantom, which was hard work but ultimately rewarding! SkySpark v3.1 now connects to, and returns data seamlessly from, Chargepoint.
Released SkySpark Engineer Journal v1.1. All the try-it yourself exercises have been moved out into their own separate module - making it easier to use.
A new web page for our SkySpark Core Training is now public - helping to onboard new starters easily!
Axon Programmer (for Haxall) now has links to the NEW Haxall documentation.
Updated platform to allow old and unused courses to be archived.
Certificates are now auto-generated using our own PDF creator library and may be automatically downloaded from the Dashboard on successful completion of an eLearning course.
Updated our analytics platform to be much more performant, and hold 50x less data.
Consolidated all "Try It Yourself" sections into one module, to avoid any distraction from the main reference material.
News articles may now define an "Updated Date" alongside an original "Published Date".
Updated our internal XSD and SOAP libraries to support element base types.
Released the FREE course companion to SkySpark Viewbuilder.
Today we released a new custom tutorial video on StackHub to demonstrate the use of our new Belimo Cloud SkySpark Connector.
Check it out Here!
- Understand view types and layouts
- Add and bind variables
- Create a dashboard with cards
- Explore charts and data
- Style tables and forms
- Use actions with forms and views
- Organise and export your new views
Updated the underlying afHttpClient library to v2.1.6 and fixed a bug where HTTP requests were being corrupted.
Our creative team released a free music video for the world to "chill and analyse to"! Listen to tracks like, "Welcome Tomorrow" and "Hub of Stacks" all which are created by our fantastic in-house music maestro - Morgan!
How exciting! We've just finalised our first working version of a Kaiterra Cloud Connector for SkySpark.
Now to continue the project and make this ready for a public release!
We are very proud to release "Introducing Haystack" to our eLearning platform. The free introductory training module for the worlds first official Project Haystack digital training.
Here at Fantom Factory we do so much work, that our News and Articles page along with this TechLog, became tooooo long!
So much so, that we had to implement new "Year Selector" tags to cut down the initial page size!
Now only show the past 12 months by default, but the handy
"Year" tags let you explore the archives.
Encrypts and obfuscates Axon source code
Updated to be compatible with the latest SkySpark v3.1.2.
Read the story behind this release in our Linked-In article, Fixing SkySpark extensions, encrypting Axon, and protecting your client's code - all in a day's work!
Perfect for training teams, reducing your overheads on creating individual orders. We are very pleased to offer our extra training support services for a minimum order of just 10 eLearning seats.
Created a bespoke extension for SkySpark and HttpClient that auto-authenticates HTTP requests to the Also Energy Cloud API and obfuscates credentials from console and log views.
Now runs on SkySpark v3.1, and a new
afHttpConfig() function allows config to be set for the current session.
Provides integration with Axon Encryptor and compatibility with SkySpark v3.1.
Re-write of the original Axonator code.
Axon Encryptor runs on SkySpark v3.1, splits the runtime code into its own extension, and provides seamless integration with Pod Builder.
The web address for our training connector has changed.
We have updated this in module 5.2 of SkySpark Engineer and module 11 of Engineer Journal.
All of our existing users have been notified about the change via email.
Fantom Factory was a sponsor of this year's SkyPosium 2021.
Although we could not be there in person, we made sure that would not stop us from leaving an impression, by delivering an incredible video talking first and foremost about everything that we do, as well as a little bit about us and our team.
See our article for more details.
The code behind this TechLog page has been updated so TechLog entries may also show display images.
Read the amazing backstory of our Alpha Colony! We've released a fun freebie comic book for you to enjoy on our MARS training platform!
We use the Alpha Colony scenario for consolidatory training techniques AND to make these boring subject matters actually enjoyable!
Our new version of this Axon eLearning course (and the accompanying Axon Journal) is designed specifically for the new open source HAXALL platform.
- Tailored and tested for the new open source HAXALL platform.
- Updated content including images and description changes
Completely agnostic of using any commercial products, learn how to use Axon as it relates to the key technology elements of Haxall, such as the Folio database.
See our news article for more details!