Creating A Custom Amazon Alexa Skill

Ryan Nguyen .NET, 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.



White Paper Published – Microservices: Patterns for Enterprise Agility and Scalability

Keyhole Software Architecture, Company News, Microservices, Tutorial 4 Comments

We’re excited to announce the release of a new, free white paper on the Microservices software architecture style.

Microservices is an architectural pattern gaining steam in the development community. A Microservices architecture addresses problems that modern enterprises often face, including responding to market demands, handling spikes in traffic, and being tolerant to failure. These benefits are achieved by functionally decomposing a business’ domain into microservices, services that handle only a single responsibility.

In this white paper, we discuss how Microservices came to be, contrasting architecture patterns, features of a Microservices architecture, established patterns, how to get started with Microservices, and suggestions for Microservices adoption.

Download the free Keyhole Software white paper today!



Spring Boot – The Right Boot For You!

Matt McCandless Java, Spring, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

Need a little spring in your step? Tired of all those heavy web servers and deploying WAR files? Well you’re in luck.

Spring Boot takes an opinionated view of building production-ready Spring applications. Spring Boot favors convention over configuration and is designed to get you up and running as quickly as possible.

The aim of this blog is just to get you familiar with how to get Spring Boot going on your machine. It is going to be fairly straightforward and vanilla. The goal is to get you started…



Spring Batch: Multiple Format Output Writer

Jonny Hackett Java, Spring, Spring Batch 1 Comment

Being a strong advocate of Spring Batch, I’ve always talked about the notion of Spring Batch providing developers with a framework that allows them to focus on solving business needs. By doing so, it allows developers to not spend an inordinate amount of time solving all of the technical aspects to support the solution. To illustrate what I mean by …