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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…

Getting Started With Serverless and TypeScript

If you're doing any "serverless" development on AWS Lambda, you should definitely check out the similarly named Serverless framework. Serverless makes it much easier to build manageable applications with this sort of architecture, taking away a lot of the painful things you would otherwise need to manage and automate yourself. As you write these event-driven systems, a lot of your functions end up looking like data pipelines - your function receives some input, processes or transforms…