Big Nerd Ranch, Alexa, Lambda, and Pluralsight

Good Evening. I was able to enable a skill to ask “Alexa ask Greeter who is my hero?” It responds “My Pa”. This was made possible by a video and instruction from Big Nerd Ranch. Big props to them and their course work. The video is linked below. That was my first experience with AWS Lambda. The course covers step by step how to enable the Hello Greeter Skill. I changed out the text to say “My Pa” instead of Hello.

After saving my work in VS code I attempted to view my code on GitHub but it was not showing. So now I went back to the GitHub application and saw a publish button. I now know that in order to get my code onto GitHub from a local copy it needs to be published. :).

Short blog today… Checkout the video below by Big Nerd Ranch. I also started using pluralsight.com. So far I really like that as well. More updates to follow on that at a later time.

Big Nerd Ranch Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxgdPI1B7rg&t=1s

Big Nerd Ranch Course Work – https://github.com/bignerdranch/developing-alexa-skills-solutions/blob/master/coursebook/haIntro_Chapter.pdf

Big Nerd Ranch Code – https://github.com/bignerdranch/developing-alexa-skills-solutions/tree/master/1_helloAlexa/

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Up and Running with Python

Up and Running with Python:

Welcome back to another blog post. I have completed the course Up and Running with Python via Lynda.com. This course really illustrated the power of Python. You are able to hook into APIs on websites as well as read an entire webpage. This Python course was done with Python 2.7. Next I will be taking a course on Javascript to be in closer alignment with Amazon Web Services.

I have been recently coding in VS Studio Code. I really like the syntax highlighting and auto completion. I had to run the script from the command line and not the Python built in execution window. So far it has only been used with Microsoft Visuals Studio Code. I look forward to using it with Javascript and Node.js.

To engage with the community more, I have signed up for Reddit and Stack Overflow. It will be interesting to see how I use them. I am still listening to Talk Python to Me and Microsoft Dev Show podcasts. I have found these podcasts very good and current topic as well as things to explore. It also helps with understanding the Lingo that is used with in the programming community.

Code Code Code Your Boat

Hi All. PhelpsINCDotNet Here.

I have worked in hardware or infrastructure all of my life and now have come faced with the reality of the cloud. What does that mean? How do we adapt to contine to provide value. So I have started on my journey of code code code your boat gently down the stream, by going back to a traditional brick and motor school in Computer Science and Lynda.com. I have recently completed the Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals. This course covered Javascript primarily to illustrate how to code and concepts of coding. It also covered some other languages and what they are used for. I found the course very well done and easy to follow.

I found that course very benifical. Now it is onto Up and Running with Python where I needed to download Python 2.7 and Visual Studio code. Now that I have those things in place I can continue to learn more about Python. I throughly the first course and creating something and watching it go. I will post updates on my progress here. The traditional school course will focous on C++.

Some podcasts that I am starting to listen to are Talk Python to Me, MS Dev Show, The Food Fight Show, and Arresested DevOps. The podcasts are helping to expose me to DevOps and automation. I am still not too sure of what Chef and Puppet do but will be researching them as well. 

My next side project will be to build a chat or email bot of some kind. Well that is all for now. Remember It is always good somtimes.