How to speed Alexa skill development using ASK Command Line Interface and Custom Templates

As a developer, I spend a large amount of my time writing code everyday. The rest, of course is spent debugging that code and “Googling” the internet for answers. But, I digress. All to say, that I am always looking for ways to speed up the development workflows when it comes to “getting started” with something, and then making it easy to “run”, and “deploy” the code. read more

Creating a scaffold for new Alexa skill using the Alexa CLI

If you’re into building skills, you’re probably familiar with Alexa Skills Kit’s Command Line Interface, which lets you create and manage your skill using the CLI, like updating the interaction model, and the backend code. You can of course manage these directly through the Alexa Developer Console, and AWS respectively, but CLI is a much faster workflow. read more

Switching modes in Fantastical

Been using Fantastical on Mac for a while now for creating calendar appointments. While I've been using it to good effect to create calendar appointments, I wanted to see if I could use it as effectively for creating reminders as well. The idea is to get in and out of the verbose Fantastical UI as quickly as possible. Using the mouse to switch between the calendar/reminder mode was a downer for me in that respect. read more

Thank You Amit, Circa 2009

It's been almost 4 years now, since I quit my job at ESG. I remember I had written the email draft I was to send my manager a good 3 weeks before I gave in my notice - Jan 4 2010. read more

Being a Developer Evangelist – The business of exciting people

Being a Developer Evangelist

Last week, I was given an opportunity to give a talk at NYC Developer Evangelists Meetup and I chose to talk about what it is like being a Developer Evangelist, basing it off the lessons I’ve managed to learn in the last 9 months being a Developer Evangelist at Mashery . The talk was fairly well received and I thought I’d go ahead and document it, so it can be available to more evangelists and hopefully kick off some discussion/feedback around it. Intend to keep this an updating piece with tips/suggestions from fellow Developer Evangelists. [Slide deck here ] read more