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from Josh Rickard

Connect Your Bot to Slack

2018-08-10 azure slack Josh Rickard
In my previous two posts we created a knowledge base of questions and answers using QnAMaker and we created our Web App Bot in the Azure Portal. Now that we have a bot created and it is responding as we intended, we can interact with our bot directly through our web browser (or embed it into a website) or we can integrate into our Slack workspace. Please make sure you have a Slack workspace created and you have access to create a Slack application. Continue reading

Create a Web App Bot Using Azure Bot Services

2018-08-10 azure Josh Rickard
In my last post, we create a QnA Maker knowledge base that our Azure Web App Bot will use as it’s repository of questions & answers. Now, we are going to create our bot using Azure’s Bot Services. First thing is that we should go ahead and log into the Azure Portal. In the top left-hand corner click the Create a resource button. You will then need to Search the marketplace in the New blade for Web App Bot. Continue reading

Using Qnamaker to Create Chatbot

2018-08-10 azure Josh Rickard
The first thing we need to do is login to QnAMaker. QnA Maker is a Microsoft service that allows you to easily generate a bot using either existing documentation for a product (or service) or you can create your own questions and answers – hence the name QnA Maker. Login to QnAMaker and navigate to the Create a knowledge base tab. You will need to walkthrough 5 steps to create your knowledge base. Continue reading

Create a Question and Answer Chatbot for Slack in Azure

2018-08-10 azure Josh Rickard
Chatbots are all the rage right now, and they have proven to be extremely useful for organizations around the globe. You can have simple bots that take lunch orders or tell you the weather in your location. You can also bots tht act as part of an advanced distributed security alerting system. Whatever the reason, bots are not going anywhere anytime soon. To create our chatbot we are going to use a few different services. Continue reading

Adding a Dlls Certificate to a Trusted Store

2018-08-08 powershell Josh Rickard
Yesterday I was asked to help with streamling a manual process that some QA folks were running into. They had a debug release of an applicaiton that was signed with a test code signing certificate. Part of the process was that they needed to select a DLL, view the certificate, and then install the certificate into the machines trusted certificate store. This is a extremely simple task, but it was just an annoyance, so I wrote a few lines of code to autoamte this for them. Continue reading

Butcher Block Iron Pipe Desk

2018-08-07 Josh Rickard
Recently I built a butcher block and iron pipe desk for my home office. Within this post i’ll try and list out how I approached it as best as possible: I purchased 2 8ft butcher block countertops from Lumber Liquidators while they were on sale. I paid $150 for each. Next, I researched quite a bit about how to finish them. Here’s what I did: Sanded using 80 grit sandpaper Sanded using 120 grit sandpaper Sanded using 200 grit sandpaper Sanded using 320 grit sandpaper Sanded using 400 grit sandpaper Once that was done, I used cheese cloth to wipe away all the debris. Continue reading

Using Docker Compose on Windows

2018-08-07 Josh Rickard
Docker Compose “is a tool for defining and running multi-container Docker applications. With Compose, you use a YAML file to configure your application’s services.” In this post, I will show how you can work with Docker Compose. Docker on Windows is now commonplace, and it comes with additional features you may not be familiar with. In my previous posts Install Docker and run containers on Windowsand Create a Docker container on Windows with a Dockerfile, I showed you how to create a single container. Continue reading
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