Development

Did Google Sabotage the Web to Force Developers to Adopt Chromium?

Microsoft was the latest company to announce that it would veer away from its current web browser developer platform and instead begin adopting Chromium. Chromium is an open source platform to ensure a more compatible web, however, it should be noted that even though it’s under the category of “open source,” Google owns the project and can have veto power over anything submitted. Microsoft’s announcement is a big one and leaves only Firefox as a major web browser still developing outside of Chromium. Hints of Microsoft Edge’s new Chromium-based nuances should start to filter out for testing in early 2019. But, one ex-Edge engineer says that its possible that Google sabotaged pieces of the web to deviously force web browser makers to adopt Chromium. “For ...

Want to Test the Chromium-infused Version of Microsoft Edge? Sign-up Here

As reported, Microsoft will be moving to Chromium as the basis for its own Microsoft Edge web browser. This allows the company to update the browser more often than Windows, make it more compatible with the real web, gain access to the thousands of extensions available, and make it available on more platforms (Windows 7, 8.1, and Mac). The company wants to jump-start the process for developers, to keep them on-board with upcoming changes. To do this, a new Microsoft Edge Insider program is now available and Microsoft is offering developers the change to participate: Calling all developers and tinkerers: your voices will help us shape the next version of Microsoft Edge. Sign up to be the first to know when preview builds are available. Sign-up here: Microsoft Edge Insider  

Learn Amazon’s Brand of Machine Learning for Free

Amazon has now opened its doors to what it calls its “Machine Learning University.” Essentially, the company is inviting anyone to consume the same training its uses for its own engineers to learn Machine Learning. This includes courses on Amazon SageMaker, AWS DeepLens, Amazon Rekognition, Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, and Amazon Comprehend. The total available content includes 30+ digital ML courses totaling 45+ hours, plus hands-on labs and documentation, originally developed for Amazon’s internal use. Courses are available here: https://aws.amazon.com/training/learning-paths/machine-learning/ Once you’re comfortable with Amazon’s Machine Learning technologies, the company is also offering a new “AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty” certification.  

Why is Microsoft interested in PWA’s?

In this series, Aaron answers various questions about Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) – what they are, how to create them, what you can use them for.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Speed up Alexa Skill Development with the Visual Studio Code ASK Plugin

Come and learn about the beta ASK plugin for Visual Studio Code and understand how it will accelerate your skill development!   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

A Cloud Guru Offers Two Free Alexa Development Courses – More on the Way

A Cloud Guru has delivered a couple free courses for those interested in beginning or continuing their developing of Alexa skills. The series, called Alexa Devs, is delivered by ACG Technical Instructor Nick Triantafillou. Here’s what’s available now: #101 – How to Build Your First Alexa Skill Time: 22:46 In this pilot episode, Nick guides you through the creation of a simple fact skill using a sample template provided by AWS. You’ll establish an AWS developer account, learn about intents and utterances, create your first Alexa skill using the new Alexa Skills Kit SDK v2 for Node.JS, and link an AWS Lambda function to it. #102 – How to Enhance Skills with Audio Files Time: 15:44 In this lesson, you’ll learn to really engage your audience by adding custom MP3 a...

Free eBook: DevOps with ASP.NET Core and Azure

This guide is focused on an end-to-end continuous deployment experience for .NET developers. It’s not an exhaustive guide to all things Azure, and it doesn’t focus extensively on .NET APIs for Azure services. The emphasis is all around continuous integration, deployment, monitoring, and debugging. Near the end of the guide, recommendations for next steps are offered. Included in the suggestions are Azure platform services that are useful to ASP.NET Core developers. Download (PDF): https://aka.ms/devopsbook   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Amazon Releases AWS Cloud Development Kit to Preview

Available now as a developer preview, Amazon has released the AWS Cloud Development Kit to GitHub. Get it from GitHub: AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) The kit includes both a command-line tool and a construct library. The AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) is an infrastructure modeling framework that allows you to define your cloud resources using an imperative programming interface. The CDK is currently in developer preview. We look forward to community feedback and collaboration. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Alexa Development Comes to Visual Studio

For those that work and develop within the Visual Studio platform, Amazon has just made it easier to develop and deploy Alexa skills. Available in Beta, the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Toolkit is now downloadable from the Visual Studio Marketplace: Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Toolkit (Beta) ASK Toolkit for Visual Studio Code (Beta) is an extension that that makes it easier to develop and deploy Alexa Skills. You can use the ASK toolkit to call the ASK command line interface (CLI) from within VS Code, and can see the results in VS Code’s integrated terminal. This allows you to perform nearly all skill development actions within VS Code. Using the ASK toolkit, you can: Discover ASK commands by typing “ASK” from the VS Code command palette Create a skill using templates Generate code snippets for...

Amazon Adds Automatic Endpoint Management for Third-party Alexa Device Developers

Amazon has added new functions to its Discovery API that will allow developers to produce devices and skills that ease the burden and eliminate steps for device discovery, updates, and deletions. Proactive endpoint management means that when a customer adds, updates or deletes a device from their account, you proactively send a message to let Alexa know to associate, update or disassociate this endpoint. This means customers can skip the discovery step and the device automatically appears in the Alexa app. For proactive discovery to work, the customer must have a smart home skill enabled and account-linked to an account with your system. Details for developers: How to Proactively Manage Endpoints Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? ...

Making Amazon Alexa respond to Sign Language using AI

If voice is the future of computing what about those who cannot speak or hear? I used deep learning with TensorFlow.js to make Amazon Echo respond to sign language.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Alexa Alerts Getting Better Management, More Controls and Custom Sounds

Amazon today has announced an upgraded Alerts interface, bringing the AVS feature to version 1.3. This updated version brings the following new capabilities: Deletion of multiple alerts (via the DeleteAlerts directive, and the DeleteAlertsFailed and DeleteAlertsSucceeded events) Control of alert volume using the Amazon Alexa App (via the SetVolume and AdjustVolume directives, and the VolumeChanged event) Selection of custom alert tones using the Amazon Alexa App (no API change).   Details: Alerts Interface Version 1.3 Brings New Capabilities to Alexa-Enabled Products Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!