Windows productivity tip #2: File Explorer -> VS Code at the current directory

I recently blogged a favourite shortcut of mine to get to the command prompt from Windows File Explorer command bar: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/jamiedalton/2017/08/03/windows-productivity-tip-file-explorer-command-prompt-and-back-from-the-current-directory/ This is so ingrained in my day-to-day workflow, I wanted to extend this to another heavily used application, VS Code. VS Code comes with a neat trick already, when at the command prompt, you can…

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Microsoft Bot Framework: Handing off to a human for agents/supervisors with C# and the BotBuilder SDK

Supervising bot conversations One advanced concept for bots built using the Microsoft Bot Framework is handing over conversations to human supervisors (or agents).  For instance when the bot is no longer able to automatically process a request, or if the end-user of the bot is frustrated/stumped and wants some assistance. There is already some great…

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DevOps for bots: Sprinkling some devops on your bot

Hackfests are great mechanisms to kickstart the minimum viable product (mvp) for many bots/agents in a very short time.  However, just because you are working to a tight timescale doesn’t mean you should sacrifice good engineering practices.  So if you’re building a bot and want some assistance, checkout the resources below. This isn’t an exhaustive…

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Windows productivity tip: File Explorer – Command Prompt and back from the current directory

This has been one of my productivity tips within Windows for a few years now, still surprises me not many users are aware of this little feature. Often some of the stuff we do is quicker/easier to do from the command line, though other times it’s much quicker using a GUI.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could…

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