DEMO: Alexa, ask Finite Wisdom (Take 1)

Alexa is a virtual personal assistant from Amazon. Similar in spirit to offerings from Apple (Siri), Microsoft (Cortana) and Google (Assistant), you can speak to these personal assistants and ask them to read the weather report, play a song or tell you a joke. What truly sets Amazon's Alexa apart from the other personal assistants, however, is that it provides an API that programmers (like us) can use to define new skills for Alexa — teaching it new tricks. As a demonstration, Finite Wisdom has developed a new skill for Alexa that allows it to connect to Harvest, the time tracking application that we use to track the number of hours we bill each day to each of our clients. With this new skill in place, one of our clients can have a conversation like the following with Alexa...

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Heroku: What is it and why do I need to know about it?

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Heroku is a cloud platform that lets companies build, deliver, monitor and scale apps — we’re the fastest way to go from idea to URL, bypassing all those infrastructure headaches.

Our quick summary

Building out the IT infrastructure to properly support an app is a hard and tedious job. It is also thankless  you quickly hear when the app is down, but not when it's been up and running flawlessly for weeks and months on end.

Heroku is a cloud-based platform that provides all of that infrastructure for you and lets you focus on the ultimately important part: your app — what it does and how well it does it. You no longer have to worry about:

Heroku handles all of that with elegance and ease. You build your app. They do everything else.