Turning off contact me for now

I apologize that I have not had the time to add much to this blog recently.  With dev schedules and drop dates I have not had much of a chance to create something useful, and I figured most of the readers here are not interested in reading about vacation plans and photography. I have had…

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Testing while coding

Wow! It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog!  Things have been very busy around here.  I am busy coding a new integral piece of the next version of OCS.  Unfortunately that is about all I can say about it at this time.  When I was a tester, my code was the tests…

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Thoughts on testing speech applications

Personally, I feel one area that we did not address overly well in Speech Server is allowing developers to test their speech applications.  Granted, this seems to be missing from many platforms these days but I think in the case of speech applications this is especially important because they can be tricky to test. First,…

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UCMA ships!

UCMA has finally shipped!  For those of you who would like to download it, the full download is at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b30306e4-7dc1-44d2-9a68-9b4a6fc5c2df If you would like to see a webcast about UCMA, see the following. http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032343097&CountryCode=US  Perhaps even nicer, the documentation for UCMA is also now on MSDN at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb759538.aspx   UCMA allows you to create signaling applications…

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Unified Communications Client API shipped!

I just received an e-mail that the Unified Communications Client API has just shipped and is now available externally at  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=82c468da-3294-4ca9-bbcc-d455cfd06af2&displaylang=en This API has two acronyms – UCCA and UCCP.  I have been calling it UCCA since I was instructed to by marketing (and the page above seems to confirm that acronym) but everywhere here…

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Strategies for creating prompt database for multilingual applications

Recently a customer contacted me with a question about creating multilingual applications with Speech Server.  He had an application that ran in English and US Spanish and noticed that, while changing the synthesizer would switch TTS between languages, it had no effect on the prompt database used. The workaround he used for this was to…

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Check out UCForums

Recently I have received several e-mails asking for help and advice for building OCS applications.  While I normally do try to take the time to answer these to the best of my ability, with coding speeding up and more deadlines to make it seems unlikely that I will have a lot of spare time in…

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The dream macro list

On a recent group photo shoot, a fellow photographer asked me to come up with my dream list for macro photography.  I thought this was a fun endeavor, so I decided to put one together.  First, keep in mind that this is a “dream list”.  You can take macro photos at a very high level…

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Schooling for the little ones

This week my wife and I went to check out a school that we plan to send our two kids to next year.  Although the city we live in (Bellevue, WA) has a good school district, we are not very pleased with the results from the elementary school near us. We considered moving (my wife…

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Some common UCMA questions

Every once in awhile (though somewhat more commonly now) I receive an e-mail or IM asking a question on the UCMA API.  I decided to post the answers to some of the most common questions. Where can I download UCMA? – The release candidate is at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b30306e4-7dc1-44d2-9a68-9b4a6fc5c2df&DisplayLang=en I cannot find any documentation for UCMA? –…

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