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The LIKE Statement: SQL Statement Fundamentals

Howdy folks! We are overdue for another installation of SQL learning. I’ve slept a few times since the past couple of articles on how to learn SQL. Previously, we talked about the IN Statement, BETWEEN statement, and ORDER BY clause. In this article, we’ll learn how to execute the LIKE statement in SQL queries. Let’s […]

Building an Interactive Alexa Quiz Skill, Part 2

Disclaimer: this was typed late at night on a tired mind. Please excuse typos, convention errors, and generally poor writing. 🙂 Howdy, Alexa nerds! Welcome back to our journey in learning Amazon Alexa Skill Development. Quick funny aside, would you care to guess my most common use of the Echo? It’s to play looong Spotify […]

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Building an Interactive Quiz Alexa Skill, Part 1

Hello Alexa geeks! Welcome back to our journey of learning how to develop Amazon Alexa Skills for the Echo and more. Last time, we completed the build process for our first simple “fact-dispensing” Alexa Skill. In this article, we’ll start the process for a skill that accepts user input in the form of a quiz, […]

How to Build Your First Amazon Alexa Skill, Pt. 2: Skill Interface

Welcome back, Alexa geeks! In the last article, we laid the groundwork for making our first Amazon Alexa skill. We covered the concepts and frameworks in Alexa skill development. We also did some work in AWS Lambda to prepare for voice requests  being made to our service.   Quick Recap on The Alexa Skill Service […]

How to Build Your First Amazon Alexa Skill, Part 1 – The Skill Service

Introductory Disclaimer: AWS is changing, and changing fast! Between developing my first skill in mid-January 2017 and now going back to learn more / teach, quite a lot has changed in the AWS developer areas. All that to say is that I’ve already had to cobble screen shots together to make this article work, and […]

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How to Build Your Own Amazon Alexa with a Raspberry Pi

Howdy, it’s been a minute since my last post on Alexa Skill Development. I left us hanging, as I mentioned in one of my previous SQL posts, work craziness, sickness, and general life stuff happening imposed a brief, involuntary hiatus on writing. Enough self talk to make future self feel better. Let’s build our own […]

The BETWEEN Statement: SQL Statement Fundamentals

Hey there, folks! Welcome back to our journey in learning SQL. Our last few of posts covered the ORDER BY clause, LIMIT statement and the COUNT function. (See full list of SQL tutorials here.) Today, we’re going to cover the BETWEEN statement. This is the start of some deeper material. In addition to the BETWEEN […]

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SQL Statement Fundamentals: The LIMIT Statement

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Getting Started with Alexa Development 02: Signing Up to Alexa Development Portal

Welcome back to our journey in learning how to program Amazon Alexa Skills via Echo voice search. In the previous article, we walked through the process of setting up an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. Today, we’ll set up an account at the Alexa Development portal, a distinct entity from the AWS portal.   Without […]

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SQL Statement Fundamentals: The COUNT Function

  Hello, hello, hello SQL fans! (Or gracious friends and family perusing the site. 🙂 ) The journey into learning SQL continues, and today we’ll cover the COUNT function. Jumping right into it, here’s our working definition of the SQL COUNT function: The COUNT function should return the number of input rows that match a […]