Ready Player One: Bringing a 1990s 2D game to the HoloLens - Nibbles remastered

Now I’m not a HoloLens team member – but recently I’ve been using the device to develop and test an old 1990s classic game “Nibbles” in 2D. A while ago, I wrote remastered the QBasic sample game “Nibbles”, known to many by the name of snake.  This is not a full rewrite, but it utilises some of our…

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Using LuisDialog with ConfigurationManager or Environment variables for your keys/secrets

Often when working with developers, they (should) ask how they can use the LuisDialog from the C# BotBuilder SDK without hard coding their subscription key and model id.  I’ve seen this asked online too in a few places on StackOverflow and Github eg: here and here:  So here’s a simple extract which shows how you can pull the…

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Using the Bot Framework from Python with the Direct Line API

Yes, it’s possible.  The Bot Framework supports the “Direct Line” channel which you can use from any client application to call your bot.  If you want to learn more about this channel and how to call it, start here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/bot-framework/rest-api/bot-framework-rest-overview. So assuming you’ve built a bot already using the Bot Builder SDK using Node.js or C#, let’s take…

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VS 2017 and Service Fabric project template not showing

In the case you’re trying to create a Service Fabric project template within VS 2017 and the option isn’t displaying within your available VS 2017 project templates – check and double check your VS Installer options: You’ll also need the Azure Service Fabric SDK available through the Web Platform Installer: http://www.microsoft.com/web/handlers/webpi.ashx?command=getinstallerredirect&appid=MicrosoftAzure-ServiceFabric-CoreSDK In my case, in an earlier…

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Annotating PDFs with Windows 10

Edge browser on Windows 10 supports web notes, which is a great way to take notes and/or highlight webpages for your own reference or for sharing with others.  Whilst this works great with html content it does not support PDF files, if you try and use this feature with a PDF open in Edge – you’ll…

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Visualising telemetry in your bot with Application Insights Analytics and PowerBI

In a previous post I showed you how you can add telemetry to your bot.  The sample code linked on my blog allows you to send key/value pairs from anywhere within your bot API to Application Insights.  Also, I showed how you view the tracked data in Application Insights Analytics.  What I didn’t show however, is…

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Building a FAQ Bot with the QnA Maker Cognitive Service

The QnA Maker cognitive service has fast become the backbone for many customer service bot scenarios.  Once you have created your QnA service and published it, it’s time to incorporate it into your bot framework bot.  To date, there are a couple of ways to implement it from C#. # Option 1 – use the Microsoft.Bot.Builder.CognitiveServices nuget package https://www.nuget.org/packages/Microsoft.Bot.Builder.CognitiveServices You’ll then…

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DevOps with bots: CI/CD Pipeline with the Bot Framework and Azure - end-to-end walkthrough

So you’re building a bot (C#) and want to involve your stakeholders early in the development lifecycle – no problem, read the steps here and you’ll be able to setup your own Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment pipeline right into production.  Building bots with the MS BotFramework is no different to building a Web API, therefore we…

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HoloLens: Inception - The real world within mixed reality

Disclaimer: I’m not on the HoloLens team This week the HoloLens team announced SpectatorView which addresses three key scenarios, including allowing an audience to view what the HoloLens wearer sees on a 2D screen.  This offers a professional grade solution to video capture the holographic content and video stream it in real-time to an external screen.  Essentially the…

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Botcamp: Building smart bots with Capita using the Microsoft Bot Framework

On 30th January 2017 at Microsoft HQ in Reading, in collaboration with Capita, Microsoft ran a “Botcamp” – an intense activity for a selection of 15 developers from across different Capita Software Services businesses.  The goal was to educate the delegates on the art of the possible with chatbots, by taking them out from their…

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