Articles

I adopt a 'learn in public' approach to blogging. Whenever I learn something new, I try to capture it here.

All my articles are written on GitHub. You can raise issues, create pull requests or even fork the content... its open source.

By default, you'll only see published articles, but you can enable drafts.

09 Oct 2019

#Cognitive Services #Localisation #Logic Apps #Azure Functions #Serverless #Bots #QnAMaker

QnAMaker is great unless you need to support multiple languages where there is no built-in solution. In this article, I'll explain how I've implemented localized QnAMaker from a single model with Logic Apps, the Translator Text API and an Azure Function.

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09 Sep 2019

#Cognitive Services #Document Recognition #OCR

The new Cognitive Services Forms Recognizer API has a pre-built receipt recognition model. I investigated it for a customer and this is what I found out in terms of how it works, what works well, what is not so good.

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29 Aug 2019

#Logic Apps #Microsoft Graph #Azure Active Directory #Office 365 #Serverless

The Microsoft Graph is the way you programmatically access data stored in Azure Active Directory, Office 365 and a bunch of other Microsoft cloud services. Accessing the data in a Logic App is a very powerful way to use this rich API with no code. This article tells you how.

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22 Jul 2019

#Bots #Multilingual

If you have a multi-lingual audience for a bot, then it is important that your bot detects and adapts to the language the user is speaking. Here is how with the Bot Fraemwork 4 and .net

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18 Jul 2019

#Translation #Luis #Bots #Multilingual

Luis is great but it does not support every langauge. When your language is not in the supported languages list, you can use the Cognitive Text Translator service and a logic app to work around the problem in an elegant way. This article tells you how.

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18 Jul 2019

#Bots #Luis

The Bot Framework DateTimePrompt prompts the user for a valid date but it only supports a few languages. This article will go through how to acheive the same result using a TextPrompt with Luis for languages which are not supported.

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11 Apr 2019

#Bot Framework #Bots #Visual Studio

There is no official template for starting a Bot Framework V4.3 project. So colleagues and I created one. This articles outlines what it does and how to use it.

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04 Feb 2019

#Productivity #Visual Studio

Mob programming is like 'pair programming' but with a mob rather than just two folks. I did this recently at a hack and it was great. Here are some tips based on what i learnt

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28 Jan 2019

#GitHub #Azure Functions #Azure Logic Apps #Serverless

All the articles on Martink.Me are authored on GitHub. I use GitHub API, Webhooks, Azure Functions and an Azure Logic App to get them to end up on my website. I've basically created a Content management System on GitHub. In this article I'll go through how the system is setup and how you can build your own version.

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29 Nov 2018

#Productivity #Home Working

I've been working at home for over a decade. It takes practice, discipline and investment. These are some tips and recommendations I can offer from what works and does not work for me

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