How to Build and Debug an Alexa Skill with Python and Azure Functions

Voice assistants have become all the rage, and they provide a great way to access and consume information. A fairly common scenario, and one that most assistants ship with, is reading the latest news headlines. This got me thinking about how I could take the foundation of my last post on generating a PowerPoint presentation … Continue reading How to Build and Debug an Alexa Skill with Python and Azure Functions

Generate a PowerPoint file using Azure Functions and Python

For many years I have been involved with the Azure Sydney User Group, and even though I'm no longer the organiser I still gather updates for Azure in the prior month and prepare a PowerPoint presentation that contains them. My go-to place for the information is the Azure Updates website and I've typically just been … Continue reading Generate a PowerPoint file using Azure Functions and Python

Reading and writing binary files with Python with Azure Functions input and output bindings

Ah, Streams... how could I ever forget about manipulating files in code and needing to use Streams to read and write them! I've written a lot of .NET in my life and am used to the way you read and write files with it, but I've been increasingly doing a lot of Python (BTW: .NET … Continue reading Reading and writing binary files with Python with Azure Functions input and output bindings

Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Recommended Sessions for Australian Developers

It feels like only yesterday I read through the session list for Microsoft Build 2020 and pulled out what I thought were the best sessions to attend. Here we are in September and it's now time for Microsoft Ignite 2020 which kicks off tomorrow! Microsoft Ignite tends to be much more of an IT Pro … Continue reading Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Recommended Sessions for Australian Developers

Serverless Days ANZ 2020 Retrospective

The first ever Serverless Days ANZ event run on Friday September 4 and, boy, what a success it was! In this post I'll go into the online event in a bit more detail and look at some of the stats along with my highlights. Apart, yet more together From early 2020 the organisers of Serverless … Continue reading Serverless Days ANZ 2020 Retrospective

Building a virtual event platform using Microsoft Azure

Over the last several months I've been involved in the coordination of multiple online community events and a constant struggle I see is the choice of platforms out there to host these sort of events. In this post I am going to run through how Azure can provide all you need if you wanted to … Continue reading Building a virtual event platform using Microsoft Azure

Build 2020 – Recommended Sessions for Australian Developers

Phew! I just trawled through all 600+ sessions for this year's online Microsoft Build 2020 and pulled out what I think are the not-to-miss sessions for developers. I've put together the following list which encompasses the smaller, sometimes interactive sessions that will be on offer. You will be able to catch big keynote moments elsewhere … Continue reading Build 2020 – Recommended Sessions for Australian Developers

Red Dog for Dev Episode Four

This fortnight's episode of Red Dog for Dev will be the last one for 2019 and is coming in a bit hot as I've got a bunch of stuff on, but wanted to get something up for you all! No demo this episode and we'll be taking a look at greatest hits for developers in … Continue reading Red Dog for Dev Episode Four

Red Dog for Dev Episode Three

This fortnight's episode of Red Dog for Dev covers all the latest news from Microsoft around Kubernetes. Our quick demo is of building an Azure Logic App to sending notifications when new issues are opened on GitHub. https://vimeo.com/376499787 If you have any feedback on the episode or ideas for demos please feel free to leave … Continue reading Red Dog for Dev Episode Three

Red Dog for Dev Episode Two

Welcome to episode two of 'Red Dog for Dev'! This fortnight's episode covers announcements coming out of Microsoft Ignite in Orlando that cover Azure API Management, Azure App Service and Azure Container Registry. Our quick demo is of Visual Studio Online. https://vimeo.com/373284357 If you have any feedback on the episode or ideas for demos please … Continue reading Red Dog for Dev Episode Two