Creating A Custom Amazon Alexa Skill

Ryan Nguyen .NET, Azure, Conversational Apps, Programming, Tutorial 1 Comment

With the explosion of the internet of things (IoT), many companies are competing to create the best smart home ecosystem for consumers.

Amazon Echo, for instance, is a robust system that allows the user to interact with their smart devices via voice command. Alexa is the application that the Echo communicates with, essentially the brain of the Amazon Echo. It controls how your Amazon Echo communicates with your other smart devices and services. It can sync with a variety of smart devices including switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, door locks, music streamers, news outlets, and more. It also allows the third-party companies to create custom skills which are then accessible through the Amazon Echo.

In this blog I will discuss the Amazon Echo and its Alexa application. We will go through the process to create a custom Alexa skill about the Keyhole blog, paying particular attention to keywords you’ll need to understand when you create your own Skill. From there, we’ll show how to test a Skill via simulators and deploy it to your Amazon Echo.

Golden Service Fabric Hammer

James Bradley .NET, Azure, Microservices, Service Fabric, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

I had some time before my next project started up, so David Pitt asked me to research and write a blog on Service Fabric. It sounded terrifying. First off, I’m not really what you would call articulate. I finish only half of sentences that I… well, I would hate talking to me. Secondly, I hadn’t yet had as much of a chance …

Microservices à la Service Fabric

Chase Aucoin .NET, Agile, Azure, DevOps, Docker, Microservices, Service Fabric, Technology Snapshot Leave a Comment

Service Fabric is a massively progressive step for Microsoft. At the core, it is a distributed systems platform used to build scalable and reliable applications. But it gives the benefits of containerizing deployable bits, in addition to having Microservices best practices built-in. In this article, we will see how to quickly get up and running with Service Fabric, as well as why you …

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Microservices in the Microsoft Enterprise

Jeff Hopper .NET, Azure, Service Fabric, Technology Snapshot Leave a Comment

Recently Keyhole wrote the white paper “Predicting The Future Of Development.” The white paper recommends enterprises move away from the Monolithic­-based architectures that “have been a common approach for the enterprise, where all application functionality is placed in a single deployable unit.” Instead the recommendation is to move towards Single-Page Applications and Microservices that “breaks up functionality into smaller runtime elements …