Create your first voice bot for Google Assistant

The idea of having a bot, who listens, understands and responds to your commands, is very intriguing. How about creating one yourself? It might sound daunting at first but it’s not that difficult in reality.

In this post we will create a bot for Google Assistant which powers Google HomeGoogle Now and probably some other google products. To keep this post really short and easy to follow, I will not plug the NLP piece in our bot, which you might have to in case you decide to build a really intelligent bot. Our bot will do a simple thing, when asked for a movie suggestion, it will suggest a movie. Continue reading

Setting up development environment for Google App Engine and Python

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Google App Engine is a PAAS offering from Google Cloud Platform, which enables you to build complex web solutions with significant ease without worrying too much about the scalability or infrastructure management. If you want to develop GAE applications using python and looking for a way to setup your development environment then this post is for you. Continue reading

Part 2: Building web app using react.js, express.js, node.js and mongodb

Introduction

For quite sometime now, I have been hearing some very interesting things about react.js like how fast it is and how cool it would be to pick react.js for your next web project. All that sounds very good but, unless we try it ourself, we won’t be able to appreaciate it. So I decided to play with react.js for a while and see myself how accurate these claims are. Now there is just one problem, react.js documentation assumes certain level of experience with modern Javascript developement workflow, in short let’s just say it’s not very helpful if you are trying to use it for the first time. This series of articles is my attempt to put all the pieces together and show what it will take to build a fully functional react app.

In this series of articles, we will be creating a full stack single page JavaScript application from scratch. In Part 1 of this series we will focus completely on react.js workflow and create the front end piece of our app without any backend APIs or database. In the Part 2, we will create backend for our application using express.js and also persist our data in mongodb.

This article is part 2 of this series, if you have not followed the part 1 then you might find this article a bit confusing, please visit the part 1 first.

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Part 1: Building web app using react.js, express.js, node.js and mongodb

Introduction

For quite sometime now, I have been hearing some very interesting things about react.js like how fast it is and how cool it would be to pick react.js for your next web project. All that sounds very good but, unless we try it ourself, we won’t be able to appreaciate it. So I decided to play with react.js for a while and see myself how accurate these claims are. Now there is just one problem, react.js documentation assumes certain level of experience with modern Javascript developement workflow, in short let’s just say it’s not very helpful if you are trying to use it for the first time. This series of articles is my attempt to put all the pieces together and show what it will take to build a fully functional react app.

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