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Building a Voice-Driven TV Remote - Part 4: Some Basic Alexa Commands

This is part four of the Building a Voice-Driven TV Remote series: Getting The Data Adding Search The Device API Some Basic Alexa Commands Adding a Listings Search Command Starting to Migrate from HTTP to MQTT Finishing the Migration from HTTP to MQTT Tracking Performance with Application Insights The first three posts in this series were a lot of fun but ultimately they were all just setting the stage for being able to do cool things…

Building a Voice-Driven TV Remote - Part 3: The Device API

This is part three of the Building a Voice-Driven TV Remote series: Getting The Data Adding Search The Device API Some Basic Alexa Commands Adding a Listings Search Command Starting to Migrate from HTTP to MQTT Finishing the Migration from HTTP to MQTT Tracking Performance with Application Insights So now I've got a search engine for channels and TV listings, but none of this is particularly useful without a way to communicate with my actual devices…

Building a Voice-Driven TV Remote - Part 2: Adding Search

This is part two of the Building a Voice-Driven TV Remote series: Getting The Data Adding Search The Device API Some Basic Alexa Commands Adding a Listings Search Command Starting to Migrate from HTTP to MQTT Finishing the Migration from HTTP to MQTT Tracking Performance with Application Insights In part one of this series I showed how I created a system to pull in channel and listing data on a daily basis and store that in…

Building a Voice-Driven TV Remote - Part 1: Getting The Data

This is part one of the Building a Voice-Driven TV Remote series: Getting The Data Adding Search The Device API Some Basic Alexa Commands Adding a Listings Search Command Starting to Migrate from HTTP to MQTT Finishing the Migration from HTTP to MQTT Tracking Performance with Application Insights When thinking recently about the types of things I wish I could control by voice in my house, one of the obvious answers was everything in my media…

Alexa, Is My Infrastructure on Fire?

I recently broke down and purchased an Amazon Echo after hearing enough good things about it, and also seeing how straightforward it looked to develop for it. It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Datadog, so naturally I felt like I needed to mix the two. I've previously covered exposing Datadog metrics through Hubot, so I figured I'd try to do something similar for the Echo. I decided to create and host the skill…