Building an Alexa Skill without using the SDK

Amazon has written a “Hello World” example for building an Alexa Skill. At first glance, it looks like just what you need to get into Alexa Skills development because it’s short and clear. But take a second look and you’ll notice it requires an external dependency. It brings in the alexa-sdk npm package. I’ll show that not only don’t you need the alexa-sdk to teach Alexa a Skill but you might actually be better off without it. var Alexa = require(‘alexa-sdk’); The alexa-sdk claims to let you “focus on your skill’s logic instead of boilerplate code.” But it’s exactly this… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2017/03/27/build-alexa-skill-without-sdk/

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8 Practical Examples of Linux Xargs Command for Beginners

The Linux xargs command may not be a hugely popular command line tool, but this doesn’t take away the fact that it’s extremely useful, especially when combined with other commands like find and grep. If you are new to xargs, and want to understand its usage, you’ll be glad to know that’s exactly what we’ll be doing here.


Original URL: https://www.howtoforge.com/tutorial/linux-xargs-command/

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Four Things a New Linux User Should Know

When you move from “that other operating system” to Linux, you’re going to find that in most ways you’ll be in familiar territory. However, that’s not always the case. We sometimes do things a little differently around here.

If you’re making the move from Windows or Mac (or even from Android or iOS), welcome to our world.
These days, using Linux for doing everyday computer tasks isn’t that much different than using other operating systems — meaning the learning curve is only slight. In fact, my colleague Phil Shapiro works at a library that uses Linux on the computers its patrons use and says that hardly anyone even notices they’re not using Windows. It’s that easy.
However, there are some things about using Linux that are quite a bit different — and we think better — than with the other brands. Here’s a brief heads up on some things that might be good


Original URL: http://fossforce.com/2017/03/four-things-linux-user-know/

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iOS 10.3 Introduces a New File System, Adds In-App Reviews, and Find My AirPods

Apple’s released iOS 10.3 today, which isn’t a particularly interesting update, but it does have a few minor improvements, including a new file system, that are worth mentioning.Read more…


Original URL: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/lifehacker/full/~3/u8Oz0dXxAVE/ios-10-3-introduces-a-new-file-system-adds-in-app-revi-1793680333

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