Orlando Code Camp 2017

I had the pleasure of attending and speaking to a group of folks today at Orlando Code Camp. The topic? Cortana Skills. Not to be confused with Alexa Skills (though you can easily import Alexa Skills that you’ve already created!)

Here is the slide deck that we covered.

Thanks for attending folks!

Orlando Code Camp 2017

Hmm… Eh?

So, apparently I was just banned by Quora.com’s moderation crew. I have no idea if that was automated or by a real person. 

My response…

I’ll keep you posted with the play-by-play on what the heck is going on.
Me? I’m going to take a breather from the “need” to help an organization that obviously doesn’t pay enough attention to its own policies OR has a very heavy-handed way of dealing with “disputes” (of which I have none but one or more folks might be pissed at me from pointing out their obvious commercials on Quora’s site). 

And I’m going to seriously reflect on whether or not I should devote so much time to a community site that devotes absolutely nothing to me, one of its “top contributors”. 

This will be the case even if they’ve been hacked and I’m just an unfortunate casualty.

Hmm… Eh?

Tallahassee Code Camp 2016!

I spoke with a great group today.

Special thanks to Microsoft for forcibly updating my Visual Studio installation LAST NIGHT with unpublicized breaking changes to the Package.manifest format! We got through it and made it happen though. 😉

Here’s the URL of the repository: https://github.com/azarc3/CortanaDeepDive

Here’s the presentation I rifled through at the beginning of the talk: http://bit.ly/tallycc2016
We didn’t go though all the slides since we pretty much covered it during our talk… and because the Voice Command Service Stuff isn’t in it.

— Happy Coding!

Tallahassee Code Camp 2016!

Orlando Code Camp 2016!

(For what I feel is the first time in a long time…) My talk crashed and burned.

The projector setup in my assigned room had a VERY bad VGA cable that my Surface Book refused to work with… at all. So the participants at my talk sat and waited for nearly 25 minutes (out of a total of 50 allocated minutes!) until a couple of MacGyver-types figured out how to get things working again (thanks you two!). We raced though the content of the talk but I felt bad that they had to drink from the firehose on what was already a LOT to ingest in under an hour.

So, good people, I apologize that things weren’t right for you while we were there. Hopefully you’ll be able to easily figure things out based on the comments in the code. If you’re coming to the Tallahassee Code Camp on 4/16/2016 please consider giving me another chance.  🙂

Here’s the URL of the repository: https://github.com/azarc3/CortanaDeepDive

— Happy Coding!

Orlando Code Camp 2016!

All “healthy food” is not equal

So I’ve been wondering why I’ve been getting fatter even though my food choices have gotten MUCH better. Other than the obvious lack of exercise, this article — if true — sheds a whole lot of light on the subject.

25 Salads That Have More Calories Than a Big Mac

My point? Just because it’s got green in it don’t mean you should eat it… and now I’ve got to start reading the labels on EVERYTHING. 😉

All “healthy food” is not equal

Today’s PSA: Understand the word “arrogant” before you use it

I find that people are so quick to label someone “arrogant”.

Bing and Google both define arrogant as “having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.

Even Urban Dictionary (God forbid, and, NSFW) defines it as “When a person is led to believe that they are in some way more superior to everybody else.” [note: the rest of the definition wasn’t PG enough for me to quote it here.]

Arrogance is something that must be demonstrated over time. If the desire to label a person is a snap judgement then the most you can accurately call that person is “smug“. Don’t besmirch people just because you don’t agree on how things should be, or because they won’t accept your point of view. In that situation you should first agree to disagree and then ask yourself, “Who am I, anyway?”

And no, this isn’t me venting because someone calling me arrogant or implied that I am. It came up in my morning meditations and simply bothered me enough to say something about it.

 

Today’s PSA: Understand the word “arrogant” before you use it

Atlanta Code Camp 2015

I had a great time sharing “my thing for Cortana” with the good folks in Atlanta. Great crowd, great participation. Hopefully I didn’t confuse the heck out of them.  😉

As promised, here’s the stuff I presented — minus the new “How many steps did I walk today” example. The link: http://1drv.ms/1MLpmH6

Now, it’s time to have some fun at the after party! 😀

 

— Happy Coding!

Atlanta Code Camp 2015