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What is Machine Learning?

Hello there, fellow Machine Learning (ML) students! Welcome back to our crash course in starting machine learning from an absolute beginner’s perspective. In our previous article, we covered an introduction to Machine Learning, answering several key questions: Where is machine learning used in our lives? Where did machine learning come from? Where is machine learning […]

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An Introduction to Machine Learning

Howdy! This is an abrupt interruption to our regularly scheduled programming of SQL lessons, Amazon Alexa Skill development and Algorithmic trading. For those readers who don’t personally know me, I’m on a quest/streak to level up as a technologist. Getting around to the point, I’ve been taking self-paced courses in varying forms to learn, apply […]

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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 […]

The IN Statement: SQL Fundamentals

Howdy, budding SQL masters! It’s been a minute since the last SQL post! I’ve taken some time to devote to Alexa Skills, some other personal housekeeping, and adopting a dog with my wife!! Last time we talked SQL, we learned the BETWEEN statement to hone in on the exact values we wanted for a SQL […]

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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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ORDER BY Clause: SQL Statement Fundamentals

Welcome back to our SQL learning journey! It’s been a week and a half since my last post on using LIMIT. Work got crazy and I got the flu! 🙁 But we’re back in action. Today, we’ll delving deeper into SQL statements in PostgreSQL: ORDER BY. Let’s jump in. Why would you need a statement […]