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I got an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas and it’s pretty great. Amazon seems to have hit on the perfect storm of functionality, extensibility, and price point. It works well and it’s fun to use. The ...

Posted: 2/9/2017 7:00:00 AM by Ryan Miller | with 0 comments

Below is the table of contents for a series of articles on getting Kentico running on Azure. These two platforms together are amazing. Over time, I’ll elaborate on Kentico as I add in more features...

Posted: 2/2/2017 7:00:00 AM by Ryan Miller | with 0 comments

Since I decided to make my AlexaFunctions open source, I wanted to host them on GitHub. However I also wanted to keep the code on VSTS where I store all my other personal projects and use other VST...

Posted: 2/7/2017 7:00:00 AM by Ryan Miller | with 0 comments

This MSDN article explains how to get started with Azure Functions, but you’ll need to download and install the Azure .Net SDK and the Visual Studio Tools for Azure Functions.Once you’ve got the to...

Posted: 2/14/2017 7:00:00 AM by Ryan Miller | with 0 comments

In the previous post, I walked through creating an Azure Function in C# that will be the service we link to our Alexa Skill. In this post, we’ll walk through registering our service.Sign in to the ...

Posted: 2/16/2017 7:00:00 AM by Ryan Miller | with 0 comments

This work with Alexa reminded me of a simple text to speech console app I helped my son with a few years ago. He and some school teammates created a short skit that included a robotic cast member. ...

Posted: 2/21/2017 7:00:00 AM by Ryan Miller | with 0 comments

In my earlier posts I walked you through creating a simple Alexa Skill in C# hosted on Azure Functions. At that time, we created it and allowed the function to be executed by anonymous callers. Obv...

Posted: 2/23/2017 5:46:00 AM by Ryan Miller | with 0 comments

My first Alexa Skill simply took no information from the user and just returned that Dad Rocks. While that is probably the greatest skill that can be built, I think there may be a niche here ready ...

Posted: 2/27/2017 11:00:00 AM by Ryan Miller | with 0 comments